Principal Investigators

  • Gianpietro Semenzato

    Tumor microenvironment, neoplastic cell growth and traffic regulation in patients with leukemia. Research efforts undertaken in our Unit are aimed to dissect molecular pathways involved in: i) mechanisms accounting for growth and survival of malignant hematopoietic cells and their interactions with the microenvironment; ii) normal and malignant hematopoietic cell invasiveness, migration, trafficking and homing.

  • Marco Sandri

    Why sedentary life is detrimental while physical activity is so beneficial for healthy ageing?
    Which are the signalling pathways that control muscle mass/function and reverberate to whole body affecting disease onset and mortality?
    The mass and functional capacity of skeletal muscle are tightly regulated by contractile activity, nutrient supply and hormones. Contractile activity is necessary for postnatal muscle growth and for the maintenance of muscle mass in adults, and increased work can cause fiber hypertrophy.

  • Francesco Piazza

    Our research is aimed at pursuing two main goals:
    1) to unravel novel mechanisms involved in normal blood cell development;
    2) to contribute insights into the understanding of blood cancer pathogenesis. In particular, we would like to investigate the processes underlying hematopoiesis by looking at regulators of signaling cascades involved in stem cell maintenance as well as progenitor cell survival and proliferation.

  • Marco Mongillo

    The autonomic nervous system continuosly adjusts cardiac activity to the needs of the body in the different environmental conditions, from rest to acute stresses.
    i) How do sympathetic neurons communicate to cardiac cells to achieve flexible and reliable control over heart function?
    ii) How does intercellular communication operate in diseases characterized (e.g. Heart Failure, Myocardial Infarction) dysfunction of the neurogenic control of the heart?
    The lab is devoted to improving basic understanding of the mechanisms of neural regulation of cardiac function. In particular the lab focuses on autonomic nervous system and its effects in the regulation of cardiac cell structure as well as its involvement in diseases such as stress-dependent arryhthmias and heart failure.

  • Claudia Lodovichi

    The specificity of connections in the nervous system is essential to translate the electrical activity into meaningful neuronal codes.
    The olfactory system is an attractive model for the study of neuronal wiring and information processing in the mammalian brain for several reasons. 1. Its high degree of plasticity allows an ongoing view on circuit formation and function. 2. The principles and the neural circuits underlying the sense of smell have been highly conserved during evolution. 3. The olfactory bulb is a well-layered structure where inputs and outputs, can be easily identified.

  • Gian Paolo Fadini

    In the Laboratory of Experimental Diabetology, research activities are focused on the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the development of diabetes mellitus and its long-term complications, as well as the therapeutic strategies to prevent and treat these conditions. In the Lab, expertise from multiple disciplines converge to increase the impact of the work, including clinical medicine and basic science.

  • Mario Bortolozzi

    How are connexin and lysosomal mutations involved in neurodegeneration?
    We are interested in understanding the molecular function of connexin channels and lysosomes in physiology and pathology of the nervous system, in particular related to Charcot-Marie-Tooth and Parkinson’s diseases.
    Our investigation is conceived to attain groundbreaking findings using an innovative approach which combines Physics, Biology and Medicine.

  • Tania Zaglia

    Which are the disease mechanisms responsible for inherited cardiomyopathies associated to sudden death?
    How to treat such disorders?
    The work of the laboratory is focussed on the identification of the molecular mechanisms underlying familial cardiomyopathies, with two main research lines on Arrhythmogenic Cardiomyopathy and Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, both representing leading causes of sudden death in the young population. Our purpose is to recognize novel mechanism-driven therapeutic strategies to efficiently counteract disease onset and progression.

  • Luca Scorrano

    Our researches aim is to investigate the function and the regulation of these mitochondria-shaping proteins. We use an integrated approach of genetics, advanced imaging, biochemistry, physiology and electron tomography to unravel the role of these proteins in cell life and death, especially by generating and analysing mouse models of conditional ablation and overexpression of mitochondria-shaping proteins.

  • Nicola Elvassore


    How do endogenous and extrinsic factors contribute to cell behaviour?
    How does individual cell heterogeneity affect cell fate?
    How do rhythmic oscillatory factors affect cell behaviour?
    The overall goal of the laboratory is to combine engineering principles with basic biological science to rationally understand the mechanisms governing cell behaviour. The research of the lab addresses fundamental and practical problems in the areas of stem cell engineering, cell therapy and development of in vitro models for functionally healthy and diseased tissues.

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