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About DMV

We are the ISSNAF network in the greater Washington DC area including Washington DC, northern Virginia, and parts of Maryland (DMV).
 

We create networking opportunities, foster collaboration, and celebrate the accomplishments of the Italian diaspora.

The DMV Chapter, founded in 2022, has close to 300 members working as researchers, scholars, and technologists in universities, Federal laboratories (including NIH and NASA), Government agencies, and private companies across the DMV area, at all career levels and in all disciplines.

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Executive Committee

Chair

GIUSEPPE CATALDO

Head of Back Planetary Protection for one of NASA’s Mars Sample Return missions. Holds a Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

SIMONE MASTROGIACOMO

Postdoctoral Fellow at the Laboratory of Functional Molecular Imaging (LFMI) at National Institutes of Health, Bethesda. Works on engineering antibodies for the functionalization of molecular contrast agents to be used for the early detection of neurological disorders. Holds a Ph.D. in Medical Sciences from Radboud University.

GIOIA RAU

Research Scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, working on exoplanets and stellar astrophysics using artificial intelligence techniques, the most advanced computational models, and data from the largest telescopes on Earth and in space. Leads the scientific side of multiple NASA mission concept development. Holds a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from University of Vienna.

ANTONIO IVANO TRIGGIANI

Senior Scientist at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, where he works on the neural correlates of consciousness. Holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Foggia.

Co-chair

EMANUELE FRANCESCO PECORA

Technology Manager with the U.S. Department of Energy supporting research, development, demonstration, and commercialization activities of solar energy technologies. TEDx licensee and organizer. Holds a Ph.D. in Physics from University of Catania and is an alumnus of Scuola Superiore di Catania.

DARIA PIACENTINO

Visiting Fellow at the National Institutes of Health (joint appointment at the National Institute on Drug Abuse and National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism). Psychiatrist, with a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Sapienza University of Rome.

GIULIA RIPARINI

Research Fellow in the laboratory of Muscle Stem Cells and Gene Regulation at the National Institutes of Health. Pharmacist, with a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Biotechnology from University of Urbino.