I joined the Princess Máxima Center as a basic researcher and pediatrician in training in June 2018. My primary research interest lies in understanding the molecular biology of pediatric soft tissue sarcomas (STS) and to use that knowledge to develop new treatment options for patients suffering from these tumors. To this end, I study establishment procedures for novel preclinical models of pediatrist STS (i.e., tumor organoid models) as well as bulk and single-cell genomics of these tumors. I am furthermore member of the molecular tumor board of the Dutch iTHER as well as the German INFORM pediatric precision medicine trial.
My hobbies include sports (running, bootcamp) and gaming (board games, tabletop role-playing games, video games). I am the proud father of a boy and a girl.
My name is Giulia and I joined the Drost group in January 2023 as a PhD student. My project focuses on the study of pediatric Malignant Rhabdoid Tumors progression and metastasization. Through barcode lineage tracing and single-cell sequencing approaches, I exploit patient-derived organoids and in-vivo mouse models to follow the clonal and transcriptional evolution of cancer cells.
Besides, I am a coeliac foodie and I love traveling around to discover new gluten-free places. I enjoy cooking with friends, visiting museums and singing in a choir. I am also part of the Scientific Committee of the 2023 FEBS-IUBMB-ENABLE Conference, organized by and for PhD students (https://enablenetwork.eu/).