Giovanni Charles Forcina
Giovanni Charles Forcina earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University in 2014. He trained in the lab of Dr. Scott Strobel where he characterized novel fungi and fungal-derived natural products that he collected from the Amazon rainforest. After graduating, Gio spent two years as a research technician in the lab of Dr. Scott Dixon at Stanford University where he developed a new method to measure cell death.
In 2016, Gio began his Ph.D. work at Stanford University in the Department of Biology and ChEM-H Chemistry-Biology Interface program. He earned the National Science Foundation Fellowship and the Stanford Graduate Fellowship to support his research as a jointly advised graduate student in the labs of Dr. Carolyn Bertozzi and Dr. Scott Dixon. Gio’s thesis research uncovered a new function of the NGLY1/NFE2L1 pathway in regulating a form of cell death called ferroptosis, and described new small molecule inhibitors of this death process.
Gio’s passion for interdisciplinary research and his desire to leverage the power of NGLY1 biology to develop new therapeutics led him to Grace Science.