Paolo Martini, PhD

Moderna, Chief Scientific Officer Rare Diseases

What is your current professional status?

Chief Scientific Officer Rare Diseases

What is your work setting?


What is your scientific area of research?

mRNA therapy for Rare Genetic Disorders

Why do you want to be a mentor?

I had 3 amazing mentors in my career that shaped my life and path in science. Inspiration, motivation and vision is what we need in order to choose and succeed. I hope to be able to provide guidance to young scientist in search of a path.

As a mentor, what are you hoping to gain from this experience?

It's a learning process for the mentor and the mentee.

How important are the following in the selection of a mentee?
(1 – 5 scale, 1 = most important, 5 = least important)

  • Compatibility of Scientific Specialties: 3
  • Geographic Location: 5 (least)
  • Professional Status / Success: 5 (least)
  • Compatibility of Career Path: 4
  • Communication Style: 3

Summarize in a brief paragraph (150 words or less), please provide a biography that describes who you are and what you do in the field of gene and/or cell therapy.

A Molecular biologist by training I have worked in several therapeutic areas including Cancer, Autoimmunity and more recently Rare Genetic Diseases. I have explored several therapeutic modalities to either replace proteins or gene in monogenic disorders. Lately the focus has been on gene replacement by modified messenger RNA therapy formulated in lipid nanoparticles.

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23rd Annual Meeting

May 12-15 | Boston