"The goal of the new personalized medicine must not be to treat a disease, but to design the best possible cure for each and every human being."
Luigi Boccuto is originally from Catanzaro, Italy, but has been living in Greenwood, SC for over 10 years. He received his medical degree and post-doc degree in medical genetics at the Catholic University of Sacred Heart in Rome. During his school and training years, he worked on hereditary cancer, overgrowth syndromes and intellectual disability syndromes.
He is currently working as a Research Scientist at the JC Self Research Institute of the Greenwood Genetic Center. His main projects are focused on the study of autism, intellectual disability, and conditions with segmental or generalized overgrowth. Most of his work is focused on characterizing the metabolic profiles of cells from patients with genetic conditions, to detect biomarkers for early screening or diagnosis, discover pathogenic mechanisms underlying such disorders, and identify novel targets for treatment approaches.
He has always wanted to work in genetics and loves his job, particularly the idea that what he does will help children in the present, and even more in the future. In his free time, he likes to play soccer and read. His other passions are photography and traveling.
We will remember February 26th for the rest of our lives.
On that day, we received the call from the Greenwood Genetic Center that they had discovered our daughter, Ella Marie, has Kleefstra syndrome.
Very early on, my wife, Kelly, observed Ella being delayed in some of her milestones. Kelly monitored Ella’s progression and sought out testing in an effort
to get Ella some assistance. Along the way, we were sent to GGC and met with Dr. Roger Stevenson ...