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Dr. Chiara Cugno

Dr. Cugno joined Sidra in 2014, where she covers the double role of Director of the Advanced Cell Therapy Core and Attending Physician in Pediatric Oncology and Hematology. She is a 20-year experienced medical doctor with a Board Certification in Pediatrics and Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at the University of Pavia (Italy), and a Master in Pediatric Hematology at the University “La Sapienza”, Rome (Italy). In Italy, she has been directly involved in the Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT) activities at the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Unit, Fondazione IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo, a renowned Academic Health Center that has performed more than 2000 transplantations.At Sidra, Dr. Cugno has been working on the development of the Advanced Cell Therapy Core, including a Cellular Therapy Unit for the delivery of cellular products for tissue, cell and gene therapy, and a Clinical Trial Office.Activities currently range from Hematopoietic Stem Cells processing, as part of the Bone Marrow Transplantation clinical program, to several projects of cell therapy,gene therapy and regenerative medicine. 

Sidra Medicine is aiming at delivering personalized medicine to the patients of Qatar and beyond. The systematic measurement and analysis of qualitative and quantitative traits of patients, known as Phenomics, completes the personalized medicine approach initiated by genomic approaches.  The Deep Phenotypic Core (DPC) provides a multifaceted phenomics platform dedicated to establishing cellular, molecular and functional phenotypes that complement genomics, transcriptomics, and clinical phenotypic analyses of patients. Relying on metabolomics, lipidomics, elemental chemical analysis, high-dimension proteomics, super-resolution microscopy and high-dimension flow cytometry, the DPC generates systematic, high-quality, validated precise molecular and cellular phenotypes of patients and enable true phenomic science in Qatar. The DPC aims at providing in depth and breadth the panels of diagnostic and investigational assays proposed in Sidra and in Qatar. The DPC mission is to provide the technical and intellectual frameworks for the realization of the second pillar of Sidra Medicine’s Research Personalized Medicine agenda: “Establishing an Advanced Diagnostics program”.


Team Members

Abbirami Sathappan

‪Research Specialist IV

Giusy Gentilcore

Research Specialist IV

Saroja Kotegar Balayya

Research Specialist IV

Shana Jacob

Staff Scientist