I obtained a BSc (Hons) in Molecular Biology from the Università Roma Tre (Italy) with a project focused on the characterization of the nucleic variation of the of Toscana virus (Bunyaviridae) genome. I then increased my expertise in Virology working as volunteer in the Laboratory of Virology of the National Institute for Infectious Diseases "Lazzaro Spallanzani" (Rome) under the supervision of Dr Antonino Di Caro; I had the opportunity to work in Biosafety Level 3.
I obtained a PhD program held by the University College London (UCL) under the supervision of Prof. Vincent Emery. The project was aimed at the evaluation of candidate biomarkers based on the Human Papillomavirus genome for the identification of cervical cancer precursors. I then worked as Research Assistant in the Tuberculosis Research Centre of the Imperial College London at the St Mary's Campus.
I am currently working as Research Associate in the Lydia Drumright's Laboratory at the University of Cambridge to study the phylodynamics of Noroviruses.
My strengths include qPCR, sequencing, database implements and statistical analysis.
Marongiu L, Godi A, Soldan K, Parry JV, and Beddows S. Human Papillomavirus 16, 18, 31 and 45 viral load, integration and methylation status stratified by cervical disease stage. BMC Cancer 2014;14:384. [Citations in Scopus: 2].
Marongiu L, Godi A, Parry JV, and Beddows S. Human Papillomavirus type 16 Long Control Region and E6 variants stratified by cervical disease stage. Infect Genet Evol 2014;26:8. [Citations in Scopus: 1].
Venturi, G, Ciccozzi M, Montieri S, Bartoloni A, Francisci D, Nicoletti L, Fortuna C, Marongiu L, Rezza G, and Ciufolini MG. Genetic variability of the M genome segment of clinical and environmental Toscana virus strains. J Gen Virol 2007;88(4):1288. [Citations in Scopus: 6].
Presentations at International Conferences
Eurogin congress: HPV genome methylation: relationship with cervical disease progression. Attendance obtained through a travel grant. (2011).
Eurogin congress: HPV DNA viral load and methylation status in liquid-based cytology samples stratified by disease stage. Attendance obtained through a travel grant. (2010).
Relevant poster display
Parker R, Thillia M, Marongiu L, Haigh L, Mitchel DN and Lalvani A. Quantitative analysis of serum protein expression in sarcoidosis and tuberculosis. (2015).
Marongiu L, Godi A, Soldan K, and Beddows S. Evaluation of potential molecular correlates of HPV-induced cervical disease. (2011).
Marongiu L, Howell-Jones R, Godi A, Kitchener H, and Beddows S. HPV DNA viral load and methylation level in cervical samples. (2010).
Venturi G, Marchi A, Fiorentini C, Marongiu L, Ciccozzi M, Rezza G and Ciufolini MG. Molecular variability of GN glycoprotein of Toscana virus strains from infected patients. (2005).