Pier Paolo Piccaluga

University of Bologna, Italy

Associate Professor, Department of Experimental, Diagnostic and Specialty Medicine – DIMES
Academic discipline: MED/08 Pathology

Work experience
2012 – present – Associate Professor & Executive Physician, Department of Experimental, Diagnostic and Specialty Medicine – Institute of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Bologna University, S. Orsola Malpighi Hospital, Bologna, Italy
▪ PI for Genomic and Personalized Medicine Research Group
▪ Main clinical interest: role of viruses in tumorigenesis, molecular diagnostics
2020 – Adjunct Professor, Botswana University, Gaborone (Botswana)
2019 – Visiting Professor, Nairobi University, Nairobi (Kenya)
2018 – present – Adjunct Professor of Hematology and Pathology at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agricolture and Technology, Nairobi, Kenya
▪ Teaching at Medical School (100%)
2018-present – Temporary Professor, Queen Mary University of London, London, UK, Joint Program with Nanchang University
2017-present – Member of the Scientific Committee, Euro-Mediterranean Institute of Science and Technology (IEMEST), Palermo, Italy
2014-present: National Academic Qualification as Full Professor of Pathology
2019-present: National Academic Qualification as Full Professor of Hematology/Oncology/Rheumatology as well as of Science of Medical Professionals and Medical Technologies
2006-2012: Lecturer/Assitant Professor & Executive physician, Institute of hematology and Medical Oncology, Bologna University, S. Orsola Malpighi Hospital, Bologna, Italy
▪ Teaching at Medical School (33%), Research (33%), Clinical duties (34%)
▪ PI for a molecular biology laboratory; responsible for molecular diagnostics
2009: Invited Visiting Scientist, Institut fur Pathologie, Università di Kiel, Germany. Revision of professor Karl Lennert personal archive including about 10,000 hematopathological cases
2017: Invited Visiting Physician, Nairobi Hospital and Kenyatta Hospital, Nairobi University Clinical Oncohematology Unit (clinical cases discussion and teaching)

Major Achievements
 Significant contribution to the definition of peripheral T-cell lymphomas molecular pathogenesis
 Significant contribution to the definition of Burkitt lymphoma pathogenesis and EBV impact on Burkitt lymphoma
 Identification of molecular signatures predictive of treatment response in patients affected by acute leukemias
 Development of novel molecular diagnostic tools (3 currently patented)
 Set up of new laboratories for molecular diagnostic and research
 Selected for Top Italian Scientist ranking
 Development of European guidelines for acute lymphoid leukemia diagnosis and treatment

Current interests and objectives
 Definition of viral contribution to human lymphoma pathogenesis
 Development of novel tools for molecular diagnositics
 Development of a telemedicine service serving several African hospitals
 COVID-19 pathogenesis and diagnosis

Other information
 Author of several presentations at national and international conferences.
 Involved in several clinical trials as coordinator or sub-investigator.
 Winner of several prizes for study and research.
 Involved/PI in several research project granted by national and international recognized organisms.
 Invited referee for several Journals indexed in the Current Contents.
 Associate Editor for the American Journal of Blood Research, Case reports in Medicine, Frontiers in Molecular
Biosciences, Helyon, Journal of Torbat Heydariyeh University of Medical Sciences.
 Already member of the following societies: SIE, SIES, ASH, AACR, SIAPEC/IAP, EHA, ELN/EWALL, FIL