Laura Cerchia is Staff Scientist and Group Leader at Istituto per l’Endocrinologia e l’Oncologia Sperimentale “G. Salvatore”, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR-IEOS) since 2008. After she received her PhD from the University of Naples “Federico II” in Biochemical Sciences in 1997, she worked as CNR fixed-term researcher focusing on the development by the SELEX technology of aptamers specific for new tumor associated antigens and their preclinical evaluation as anti-cancer agents. Since 2007, she is Principal Investigator of research projects granted by Worldwide Cancer Research and AIRC. She is inventor of four patents on the cell-SELEX and the individual generated aptamers.