Simona Casarosa is Associate Professor and Principal Investigator of the Laboratory of Developmental Neurobiology at the Centre for Integrative Biology (CIBIO) of the University of Trento. She obtained her PhD in Neurobiology in 1997 at the University of Pisa, then spent a successful four years as a Post-Doctoral Researcher in the laboratory of Dr. Francois Guillemot at IGBMC (Strasbourg, France). She then moved back to the Biology Department of the University of Pisa where she stayed until 2008. In January 2009 she moved to CIBIO, where she started her own lab. Research in her lab studies the factors and the molecular mechanisms driving the specification, proliferation and differentiation of retinal stem and progenitor cells. Combining molecular biology, histological and immunological techniques together with embryo manipulations and transplants the aim of the lab is to isolate and characterize new candidate factors important for retinogenesis.