Dr. Paola Tonino holds a Doctoral Degree in Cell Biology from the Universidad Central de Venezuela (Caracas, 1999), where she studied tumor angiogenesis in different regions of human gastrointestinal carcinomas. She currently works as an Associate Professor at the Universidad Central de Venezuela and has 15 years of experience teaching at undergraduate and graduate level. Her post doctoral work in the United States includes the study of the structure and function of myosin smooth muscle and nebulin skeletal muscle in a knockout mouse model. She has published her work in several peer reviewed journals and given oral and poster presentations at national and international conferences. In addition she has authored Venezuelan grants and participated in grants from the National Institute of Health. She was also awarded for the most outstanding programs in Venezuela in the past 16 years. Her fields of special expertise include cancer biology and angiogenic factors as biomarkers of diagnosis and prognosis in gastrointestinal carcinomas.