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Humanitas is a highly-specialised hospital, research, and teaching center, which hosts Humanitas University, an academic institute dedicated to medical sciences. Built around centers for the prevention and treatment of cancer, cardiovascular, neurological, autoimmune, inflammatory, and orthopoedic diseases – together with an Ophthalmic Center and a Fertility Center – Humanitas also operates a highly specialised Emergency Department. The first Italian hospital quality-certified by Joint Commission International, Humanitas is accredited by Italy’s National Health Service and appointed as an IRCCS by the Ministry of Health (an accreditation in the Italian system that acknowledges institutions focused on excellence in clinical care and research). Humanitas Research Hospital is the flagship of a hospital group also present in Milan, Bergamo, Turin, Catania and Castellanza (Varese).

Humanitas Partecipants

Leonardo Elia

Leonardo Elia graduated in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology at the University of Bologna in 2001 and has subsequently obtained a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, developing his thesis at the IRBM research laboratories (Merck Sharp & Dohme). Then, from 2006 to 2011, he worked as post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Cardiology of the University of California, San Diego. Currently, Leonardo is directing the laboratory of vascular epigenetics at Humanitas Research Hospital and is also an Associate Professor of molecular biology at the Department of Molecular and Translational Medicine of the University of Brescia.

Elisa Di Pasquale

Elisa Di Pasquale graduated in Medical Biotechnologies in 2002 at the University of Milan, where she also obtained the PhD in Biotechnologies applied to Medical Sciences in 2005. From 2005 to 2011, she worked as post-doctoral fellow first in the Laboratory of Molecular Vertebrate Embryology at the Rockefeller University, Ney York (USA) and then at IRCCS Multimedica Institute in Milan in the Laboratory of Molecular Cardiology. Since 2011 she is tenured scientist at the Institute of Genetic and Biomedical Research of the National Research Council of Italy and currently she is also responsible of the induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) group in the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Humanitas Research Hospital. Within the last 7 years, her research activity was mainly centered on iPSCs technology for modelling cardiac diseases. A second research line relates to the mechanisms of cardiac differentiation and exploitation of bio-engineering approaches for development of cardiac organoids and new therapeutic tools.

Camilla Galli

Camilla graduated in 2014 in Veterinary Biotechnologies at University of Milan. In 2019, she obtained her PhD degree in Molecular Oncology at SEMM (European School of Molecular Medicine), working in the Mechano-Oncology lab at IFOM, Milan, where she became confident with basic and advanced microscopy techniques. In 2020, she worked as post-doctoral fellow in the Transcriptional Mechanisms in Development and Cancer’s department at IFOM, focusing on the key regulators of mesenchymal stromal cells differentiation. Starting from January 2021, Camilla joined Elisa Di Pasquale’s group in the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Humanitas Research Hospital, where she is currently applying iPSCs technology to study cardiac development and diseases.

Former Colleagues

Pierluigi Carullo

PhD in molecular medicine, is responsible for the cardiovascular animal unit at Humanitas Research Hospital, holding a tenure position at the National Research Council IRGB. He got his degree at University of Rome “La Sapienza”, working at the Experimental Medicine Department and Pathology, where he has been trained to generate animal models of cardiovascular disease (stenosis of aortic arch and coronary artery ligation) and to perform in vivo characterization of cardiac and vascular functions (Echocardiography in mice using Vevo 2100, Evaluation of cardiac function using Pressure-Volume system, Measurement of blood pressure using invasive and non-invasive methods). Pierluigi has 10 years of experience in cardiovascular animal models, and he also possess numerous ethical and practical certifications (courses accredited by FELASA)