Paola della Porta is Associate Director of Research at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). Her background includes a degree in Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technologies, a Master Degree in Management, a PhD in Biochemistry, training and work experience in research planning, research management, contracts and clinical research. Paola gained doctoral and postdoctoral research experience in cancer biology at University College Cork and at the Frauenklink of the Klinikum Rechts der Isar in Munic (Germany). In her current role at RCSI, she is responsible for RCSI research support services, contracts, operations and infrastructures. As a member of RCSI Research Executive Management Team, Paola is also involved in the strategic and business planning and management of RCSI Research.