Andrea Ballabio graduated in Medicine in 1981 at the University of Naples. He has spent several years working in the field of genetic diseases, first in Italy, then in the UK and subsequently in the USA where he held the positions of Associate Professor of Molecular Genetics and of Co-director of the Human Genome Center at the Baylor College of Medicine of Houston, in Texas. He is the founder and director of the Telethon Institute of Genetics and Medicine (TIGEM) in Naples. He is also professor of Medical Genetics at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Naples “Federico II” and visiting professor at the Baylor College of Medicine.
His research interests are focussed on the elucidation of the biological mechanisms underlying genetic diseases, using both traditional and state of the art genomic approaches, and the development of innovative therapeutic approaches. His team identified numerous genes whose mutations cause human inherited diseases, leading to the unraveling of their pathogenetic mechanisms. He has published over 270 papers in prestigious, international scientific journals. In 2007 he was appointed “Commendatore of the Italian Republic” by the President of Italy Giorgio Napolitano.
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