The AGBL LABS Team

Dr Marco Magistri received his bachelor and master degrees in biotechnology from the University of Eastern Piedmont in Italy and his PhD in pharmaceutical sciences from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. During his graduate studies Dr. Magistri became interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms by which long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) regulate chromatin remodeling and epigenetic states in cancer. He then moved to the University of Miami to join the laboratory of Dr. Claes Wahlestedt, one of the pioneers in studying long noncoding RNAs in central nervous system. Currently Dr. Magistri is a member of Dr. Izidore Lossos’ lab where he is studying the role of lncRNAs in B cell development and lymphomagenesis

Dr Simona Maciotta joined Alliance Global in November 2014 as Product Manager for the genomics portfolio and AGBL LABS™ services. She gained a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology at University Vita-Salute San Raffaele in Italy. During her 7-years’ experience in the research field, she has been investigating the pathogenesis of muscular dystrophies and focusing on stem-cells based therapy for the treatment of neurological diseases.

Divinlal Harilal joined Alliance Global in 2014 as Senior Applications specialist. He holds a Master’s degree in Biotechnology from Bharathiar University, India. He worked as a Research Associate- project manager NGS in a NGS and Sanger service provider company in India for five years. He has more than 7 years of experience in Next generation sequencing technologies.

Dr Joseph Mafofo joined Alliance Global in 2015 as Group Technical Manager. He gained a PhD in Genomics from University of the Western Cape in South Africa where he specialized in Plant Genomics and later on became a Senior Researcher for NGS at the Biotechnology Platform. In 2014 he eventually joined the Centre for Proteomics and Genomic Research as the NGS Platform Manager where he was involved in setting up the platforms, training technicians and providing consultations on project design and analysis.

Gess Thoms Xavier joined Alliance Global in 2017 as Bioinformaticians. He holds a masters of technology degree in Bioinformatics and bachelors of engineering degree in Bioinformatics. He has more than 1 year experience as Bioinformatics Programmer at SciGenome Lab in NGS Data analysis field.

Dr. Yusuf Murgha joined Alliance Global in 2017 as Chief Application Scientist. He received his PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan (USA) where he specialized in developing methods to add value to microarray oligonucleotides pools. Later he joined Mycroarray, USA to lead the development of oligonucleotide pools for Cytogenetic assays and Gene synthesis. In 2015, he joined Genotypic, India as the NGS wet lab manager where he gained extensive experience in all aspect of lab management – technical and commercial, project consultation, training technicians and introduction and improvement of protocols.

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