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Giorgio Lenaz

Emeritus Professor

Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna

Adjunct professor

Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences

Curriculum vitae

born in padua (italy) on november 3, 1938. medical degree on july 18, 1962, summa cum laude. "docent degree" (libera docenza) in biochemistry, 1968. in 1964-67 nato fellow, then assistant professor, at the institute for enzyme research, madison, wis, usa. in 1969-71 acting professor of chemistry and of biochemistry at the university of bologna, in 1971-75 at the university of ancona. since 1975 full professor of biochemistry at the faculty of medicine, university of ancona; since 1979 at the faculty of sciences, university of bologna; since 1989 to 2010 at the faculty of medicine, university of bologna. In 2010-2012 Professore dell'Alma Mater; since 2012 Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry, University of Bologna.  Coordinator of the phd program in “biochemistry”. member of the executive committee of the italian society of bicohemistry (sib) and of the international coenzyme q10 association. past-president of the italian group of bioenergetics. he is author of over 440 publications (>300 of which quoted on medline since 1966), has been invited speaker at several international meetings and invited author of several reviews and chapters of books in the field of bioenergetics. his research in the last 10 years mainly concerns the structural and functional organization of the respiratory chain, in particular the role of the coenzyme q pool and its membrane diffusion in electron transfer, the presence of super-complexes of the respiratory chain, and steady-state kinetics of complex i with emphasis on the specificity of the quinone acceptors. he has also investigated physio-pathological aspects of the mitochondrial function. in particular he has characterized the production of oxygen radicals by the respiratory chain and its role in pathological alterations, including cancer, and in aging in relation to the mitochondrial theory of aging. he has been long involved in studies on mitochondrial genetic cytopathies, such as leber's hereditary optic neuropathy and the neuropathy, ataxia and retinitis pigmentosa. he is presently involved in studies of mitochondrial alterations in cancer.

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