Born: Mantova, May 1st, 1964
Address: Laboratory of Functional Genomics and Epigenetics,
Department of Pharmacy and Biotechnology, University of Bologna,
via F. Selmi 3, 40126, Bologna, Italy.
October 1987: Doctoral degree in Biological Sciences, (mark
110/110 summa cum laude), University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy.
1988-1992: Training activity at the Institute of “Genetica
Biochimica ed Evoluzionistica, CNR”, Pavia, Italy. Supervisors:
Prof. Silvano Riva.
1993-1998: Postdoctoral fellow “Program in Molecular Medicine,
University of Massachusetts Medical School Worcester Ma, USA.
Supervisor: Prof. Michael R. Green.
1999-2004: Assistant Professor of Genetics, University of
Bologna, Bologna, Italy.
2005-2014: Associate Professor of Genetics, University of
Bologna, Bologna, Italy
2014-to date: Professor of Genetics, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy
1988. One-year Fellowhsip from "Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a
Carattere Scientifico (IRCCS), Policlinico San Matteo”, Pavia,
1989. Fellowship from “A. Buzzati-Traverso Foundation”, Rome,
1990. Postdoctoral fellowship from Italian Association for
Cancer Research (AIRC), Milan, Italy.
1993. Postdoctoral fellowship from the International Agency for
Research on Cancer (IARC) Lyon, France
1995-1998. Postdoctoral fellowship from Howard Hughes Medical
Institute, Baltimora, USA.
2012. Award for best oral presentation at the ANR2012 ( Advances in Neuroblastoma Research) May 18-23 2012. Toronto Canada.
Since 2005, he has been teaching courses in Molecular Genetics,
Genomics and Epigenetics in the Undergraduate Programs of
Biological Sciences and Biotechnology, and in the Master degree
Programs of Molecular and Cellular Biology and Molecular
He has been also the supervisor of 9 PhD theses, 18 Master
degree theses, and more than 60 undergraduate theses in Molecular
Genetics of Cancer.
He also served as an external referee for the evaluation of the
final PhD thesis work of candidates enrolled in PhD programs at:
Universities of Bari, Naples, Milan, Modena, Ferrara, UCL (London),
Cancer Children's Hospital, Baylor College (Houston, TX,
He has translated the textbook, "Advanced Genetic Analysis by
Philip Meenely", in Italian language.
Members of the lab.
Roberto Bernardoni, PhD, Assistant Professor in Genetics
Giorgio Milazzo PhD, senior postdoc
Stefania Purgato PhD, senior postdoc
Daniela Erriquez, PhD, junior postdoc
Francesca Ferrucci, PhD student
Paolo Pigini, PhD student
Simone Di Giacomo PhD student
Donatella Manzoni, technician.
Former lab members and their present position.
Daniel Diolaiti, PhD, Assistant Professor Memorial Sloan- Kettering Cancer Center, NY, USA.
Antonio Porro. PhD, Assistant Professor at the ETH-Zurich,
Nunzio Iraci. PhD. Researcher at the University of Cambridge,
Antonella Papa PhD. Assistant Professor at the Monash University, Victoria, AUS
Samuele Gherardi PhD, researcher at CNRS Lyon, France
Emanuele Valli, PhD, Junior Investigator Children's Cancer Institute Australia, Sydney, AUS.
Margherita Paschini, PhD, Postdoctoral fellow, Dept of Biology,
MIT, Boston, MA, USA
Francesco Gualdrini, Postdoctoral fellow al Cancer UK Institute, London, UK.
Francesco Sottile, PhD Student al CRG Institute, Barcellona, Spain
Gabriele Zaffagnini PhD student at the Max Perutz Institute,
Samuele Maria Amante, PhD student al King's College London, London, UK.
Dr. Giovanni Martinelli MD, University of Bologna, Bologna
Dr. Marco Seri MD, University of Bologna, Bologna ,
Dr. Elisabetta Ciani, PhD, University of Bologna, Bologna,
Dr. Alessandra Ferlini, University of Ferrara, Ferrara Italy
Dr. Barbara Majello University of Naples, Naples, Italy
Dr. Robert N. Eisenman, FHCRC, Seattle, USA
Dr. Arturo Sala, UCL, London UK
Dr. Deborah Tweddle, Newcastle University, Newcastle UK
Dr. Martin Eilers University of Wurzburg, Wurzburg, Germany
Dr. Jason Shohet, Texas Children's Cancer, Houston TX, USA
Dr. Michelle Haber, Children's Cancer Institute Australia,
Dr. Glenn Marshall, Children's Cancer Institute Australia,
Dr. Paul Ekert Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Victoria AUS.
Dr Jo Vandesompele, Ghent University, Ghent Belgium.
IV Framework European Program,2000
Young scientist national program, 2002 (Italy)
AIRC 2005 (Italy)
Children Cancer Institute Australia, 2008-2010 Sydney,
University of Bologna 2003-2011
AIRC (Milan, Italy) 2011
AIRC (Milan Italy) 2014
NHMRC 2015 Sydney, Australia
CCIA 2016 Sydney, Australia
Referee for peer-reviewed journals such as: Molecular and Cellular Biology, Journal of Biological Chemistry,
Oncogene, Cancer Research, Proceedings of the National Academy of
Sciences, BBA-Gene-Regulatory Mechanisms, International Journal of
Cancer, British Journal of Cancer and Biochemical Journal.
Editorial Board member of BBA-Gene Regulatory Mechanisms
Editorial board member of Frontiers in Oncology
Seminars given in the period 2008-2013.
2008 Università di Milano Bicocca, Milano, Italia. Host: Dr.
2009 CRG Barcellona, Spagna. Host Dr. Juan Valcarcel.
2009 Università di Hannover. Hannover, Germania. Host Prof.
2009 Texas Children Hospital, Houston TX, USA. Host Dr. Jason
2010. UCL, London, UK. Host Dr. Arturo Sala.
2010 University of Southern California, Los Angeles CA, USA,
Host: Dr. Peter A Jones.
2010 Penn State University, PA, USA. Host: Dr. Joseph C.
2011 University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy. Host. Dr. Alessandra
2012 Brunel University, London, UK. Host: Dr. Arturo Sala
2013 Children Cancer Institute Australia, Sydney AUS, Host Prof.
2013 Brunel University, London UK, Host: Dr. Arturo Sala
2013 Naples University, Naples Italy. Host: Dr. Barbara
2014 Texas Cancer Children Institute, Houston TX, USA. Host: Dr. Jason Shohet
2016 University of Bari, Bari Italy. Host: Dr. Mariano Rocchi