Romina Fiorotto Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University

Dr. Fiorotto received her Ph.D. from the University of Parma, Italy in 2005. During her Ph.D. training she focused her attention on the liver disease associated with Cystic Fibrosis (CFLD). Her research was aimed at finding alternative molecules able to improve biliary secretion defect associated with CFLD. In 2007 she moved to Yale University in the laboratory of Dr. Strazzabosco for her postdoctoral training. Continuing her focus on pathophysiology of CF liver, her research uncovered a novel mechanism of physiological bile formation, which is impaired in CF. In 2008 she was promoted to Associate Research Scientist in the Yale Section of Digestive Diseases. Since then and thanks to the Yale Liver Center and the NACFF support she started exploring the possible correlation between CFTR deficiency and liver inflammation. In 2011 she was selected as the recipient of the Liver Scholar Award from the American Liver Foundation that is given to outstanding young scientist to support their research during the transition to an independent career. Dr. Fiorotto is the author/co-author of 20 peer-reviewed articles published in the highest-ranking gastrointestinal research and clinical care specialty journals and book chapters. Her current research interests include finding the molecular mechanisms that link CFTR with the innate immunity of the biliary epithelium with the goal of uncovering novel and more targeted therapeutic approaches with a significant impact on the management of CFLD.