Francesca Ciccarelli

Francesca Ciccarelli


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Research interests

My research aims to understand the role of gene alterations in the development of cancer.

My group develops and applies a combination of computational and experimental methods to study cancer genes in the context of gene and network evolution. We analyse omic data deriving directly from cancer patients to identify patient-specific cancer genes and vulnerability that can be exploited in therapy. We work with pan-cancer data,but have a particular focus on colorectal and oesophageal cancers. 

We set up and maintain the Network of Cancer Genes, a public resource of manually curated cancer genes (

Research interests (short)

Cancer genomics and systems biology of cancer genes to identify novel therapeutic targets.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

Award Date: 1 Jan 2003

Master of Chemistry, Università di Bologna

Award Date: 1 Jan 1998


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