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Professor Massimo M. Santoro

Prof. Massimo M. Santoro obtained his Master's Degree at the University of Turin, Italy, and obtained his Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the Open University of London, UK. Prof Santoro completed his post-doctoral training at the University of California in San Francisco, USA. Upon his return to Italy in 2008, he established his first independent laboratory at the University of Turin's Molecular Biotechnology Center. At age of 43, he was appointed Full Professor and Group Leader at the VIB Vesalius Research Center of the University of Leuven, Belgium. In 2018, he joined the University of Padua as Chair of Cell Biology at the Department of Biology and in 2020 the Venetian Institute of Molecular Medicine (VIMM) as Principal Investigator. He has been awarded an EMBO (2004) and HFSP (2005) long-term fellowships, as well as the HFSP Career Developmental Award (2008), the Marie Curie Reintegration Grant (2010), the Odysseus-FWO Career Grant (2014), the ERC Consolidator Grant (2016), ERC Proof of Concept (2020), the Telethon Grant (2021) and PRIN Grant (2022).


"Our aim is to expand the current vision of endothelial biology by identifying unforeseen mechanisms and using them to develop novel therapies to treat cancer progression and cardiovascular conditions."

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