Rosario Rizzuto

Full Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences
Secretariat: Via 8 Febbraio 2 -  35122 Padova (Italy)
phone.:+39 049 827 3001 - fax: +39 049 827 3009

Born in Rome, April 15, 1962. Education and training: 1986: Medical degree (University of Padova, Italy) summa cum laude - 1986: National Board (“Abilitazione alla professione di medico-chirurgo”) - 1987-88: 2-year research stage at the H. Merritt Center for the Study of Neuromuscular disorders (laboratory of Dr. Eric A. Schon), Columbia University, New York, USA - 1991: Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Pathology (University of Padova, Italy).

The research activity of Rosario Rizzuto is currently supported by grants from the European Research Council (ERC Ideas Advanced grant), the National Institute of Health, The Italian Association for Cancer Research (AIRC), Telethon- Italy, the Italian Education and Health Ministries and the Cariparo and Cariplo bank foundations. Rosario Rizzuto routinely acts as reviewer for international scientific journals (Nature, Science, J. Cell Biol., EMBO J., J. Biol. Chem., Trends Cell Biol., etc.) and granting agencies (Wellcome Trust, BBSRC, AIRC, etc.). Dr. Rizzuto gave >200 lectures at national and international meetings (including 15 plenary lectures) and seminars in Universities and Research Institutes.



Cambridge University, MBU - The 5th Annual Sir John Walker Lecture has been delivered by Professor Rosario Rizzuto.

10 May 2017

In 2011, Professor Rizzuto identified the mitochondrial calcium uniporter (MCU), the only fundamental component of the cellular calcium signalling machinery yet to be discovered (De Stefani et al., Nature 476, 338-340, 2011). This result has opened the molecular era of mitochondrial Ca2+ homeostasis, that combines molecular insight into the structure/function relationship of MCU and its regulators (Raffaello et al., EMBO J. 32, 2362-2376; Patron et al. Mol. Cell 53, 726-37) and the possibility of manipulating mitochondrial Ca2+ handling in cultured cells and animal models, to clarify its role in the physiological regulation of tissues and in the pathogenesis of the most prevalent human diseases (neurodegenerative disorders, ischemic heart disease, cancer). 

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Speaking at the European Parliament in Brussels

9 May 2017

Speaking at the European Parliament in Brussels in May 11, 2017, the rector of the University of Padova, Rosario Rizzuto, recalled the unique history of our University: eight centuries of teaching and research, of freedom and cultural growth that brought to Padova the most distinguished scholars and students of Europe. An unbroken tradition of dedication to knowledge that links those scholars who came before us with those of future generations.

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Gordon Research Conference

21 June 2017

Rosario Rizzuto spoke at the Gordon Research Conference "Intracellular Calcium Signals: Generation, Function and Therapeutic Intervention" in Lucca with the keynote "Mitochondria: Conductors of the Calcium Orchestra"

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The ERC meeting hosted in Padua. What is the role of frontier research?

26 April 2017

In April 2017 the University of Padua hosted the meeting "The European Research Council and the impact of frontier research" in order to discuss the role of scientific research, its future and its central role in promoting innovation. Conference speakers list included: Rosario Rizzuto, Rector of the University of Padua; Jean Pierre Bourguignon, President of the European Research Council; Patrick Aebischer, former chairman of the EPFL in Lausanne; Mario Monti, Rector of Bocconi University and chairman of the "High Level Group on Own Resources” (EU).

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