Imperial College London
Dr. Ceroni's thesis examined the development of synthetic genetic devices in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells for the control of cell functions. In particular, she was interested in deepening the feasibility of a bottom-up approach in the design of synthetic circuits. She worked together with Dr. Karmella Haynes to build a synthetic device for real-time detection of microRNAs in cancer cells at a single cell level. In the groups of Dr. Tom Ellis and Dr. Guy-Bart Stan, her work aimed at examining the causes of physiological burden in Escherichia coli when transformed with foreign genetic devices in order to identify design rules for future synthetic systems.