Marie-Louise Bang was born in Denmark and earned her Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering with specialization in Biotechnology from the Technical University of Denmark in 1997. She performed her PhD studies at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany, supported by a Marie Curie training grant (1997-2001) and subsequently her postdoctoral studies at the University of California San Diego (UCSD).
In 2007 she moved to Milan where she was awarded Assistant Telethon Scientist of the Dulbecco Telethon Institute and started up her own group at the Institute of Biomedical Technologies of the Italian National Research Council (ITB-CNR) in collaboration with Multimedica Hospital. In 2010 she obtained a tenured position as a researcher at the Milan Unit of the Institute of Genetic and Biomedical Research of CNR (IRGB-CNR) and was promoted to principal investigator in 2021. Her group has been hosted by Humanitas Research Hospital since 2012.
The research of her group is focused on studying the role of sarcomeric proteins in striated muscle structure, function, and disease to provide insights into the mechanisms underlying cardiac and skeletal muscle diseases and identify novel therapeutic targets.
Her research is currently funded by the Italian Ministry of University and Research (MUR) and was previously supported by grants from the Telethon Foundation, the Italian Ministry of Health, MUR, the Cariplo Foundation, ERAPerMed, and others.