Marco Di Antonio


Marco is a Chemical-Biologist focusing on developing novel chemical tools to investigate highly dynamic biological processes like ageing and cancer.

Marco obtained his MChem from Pavia University (Italy) in 2007 and his PhD in Molecular Sciences from Padua University (Italy) in 2011. He moved to Cambridge University in 2011 where he worked as a PDRA under the supervision of Prof Sir Shankar Balasubramanian. In 2015 Marco was promoted to Senior Research Associate, before being awarded a BBSRC David Phillips Fellowship to start his own group at Imperial Chemistry in 2017. During his time in Cambridge, Marco has contributed to the development of chemical-biology tools to map and visualise DNA G-quadruplex structures within the human genome. The exposure to the Balasubramanian’s group has significantly contributed to merge his chemistry background with genomics and epigenetics, something that is strongly reflected in his current research interest.

In 2018 Marco moved to Imperial College (Chemistry Department) to start his own group as a research fellow, where he was promoted to Advanced Research Fellow in 2021 and as a permanent Lecturer in 2022. Marco’s research group works at the interface between chemistry, biology and genomics, with the aim to develop novel technologies to study cancer and ageing biology from a fresh perspective.

Qualifications and history

University of Pavia
MChem in Organic Chemistry
Padua University
PhD in Molecular Sciences
Cambridge University
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Cambridge University
Senior Research Associate
Imperial College London
Research Fellow (Group Leader)
Imperial College London
Advanced Research Fellow
Francis Crick Institute
Satellite Group Leader
Imperial College London

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