Mauro Piacentini
Mauro Piacentini
affiliation: Università di Roma Tor Vergata
research area(s): Cell Biology, Experimental Medicine
Course: Cell and Molecular Biology
University/Istitution: Università di Roma Tor Vergata
Personal Information
Date of Birth: 29 June 1953
City, Country of Birth: Rome, Italy
Citizenship: Italian
Languages: Italian, English, Spanish

Date Degree Institution Subject
1976 degree cum laude. University of Rome "La Sapienza", Italy Cell Biology

Dates Title Organization City, Country
2000-present Full Professor University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Rome, Italy
2005-present Board of Directors European Cell Death Organization Europe
2004-present President Biotechnology Programme
University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Rome, Italy
1998-present Basic Research Director National Institute for Infectious
Diseases Rome, Italy
1994-2007 Board of Directors International Cell Death Society New York, USA
2004-2007 Program Coordinator Marie-Curie European Community Brussels, Belgium
2004-2007 Board of Directors SpaXen Italia Srl Rome-New York, USA
2002-2005 President European Cell Death Organization Europe
1994-2002 Vice President European Cell Death Organization Europe
1998-2000 Associate Professor Tuscia University Viterbo, Italy
1994-1997 Consultant LXR Biotechnology Inc Richmond, CA, Italy
1984-1986 Postdoctoral Fellow NIDR, NIH Bethesda, MD, USA
1984-1998 Assistant Professor University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Rome, Italy
1978- Postdoctoral Fellow Dept of Pathology, Karolinska Stockholm, Sweden
1977-1984 Instructor University of Rome "La Sapienza", Rome, Italy

Date Description
2010 Gordon Conference Elected Chair, USA
2007 JSPS award Japanese Society for the
Promotion of Science Japan
2007 "Descartes Award" European Commission, Europe
2007 Keynote speaker 7th International Meeting of the
Slovenian Biochemical Society, Slovenia
2006 Member of Expert Group Ministery of Health, Italy
2005 Keynote speaker International Immunology
and Reumathology Meeting Taiwan
1999-2005 Italian Representant EU Cost Action 844, Belgium
1995 ABCD Price Italian Society for Cell Biology, Italy

Date Organization Position
2010 Cell Death Disease (Nature Publishing Group) Deputy Editor
2008 Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology Editor
2007 Methods in Enzymology Guest Editor
1993-present Cell Death Differentiation (Nature Publishing Group) Founder and Editor
2000-2005 European Science Foudation "Transglutaminasea and Protein
Crosslinking Programme" Board Member
1994-present European Cell Death Organization Founding Member

Research Grants:
International Agencies:
Prof Piacentini has received 9 grants from the Europen Commission:
National agencies:
Since 1988 Prof. Piacentini ha obtained numerous research grant from the following national agencies:
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
Ministero dell' Università
Ministero della Salute
Ministero degli Esteri
Associazione Italiana per la Ricerca sul Cancro (AIRC)
Banca San Paolo di Torino

Journal reviewer for: Plos One, Carcinogenesis, Brain Research, Cancer Research, Cancer Cell; Cell Death and Differentiation, Experimental Cell Reseach, European Journal of Cell Biology, FEBS Letter, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Journal of Cell Biology, Journal of Cell Science, Journal of Immunology, Journal of Neurochemistry, Journal of Physiology, International Immunology, International Journal of Cancer, Oncogene, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Nature.

Grant reviewer for: Aids Fonds (The Netherlands), Ministry of Education and Science (Russia), National Science Foundation (NSF, USA), Medical Research Council" (MCR; U.K.), International Human Frontier Science Program (HFS; France), Wellcome Trust (U.K.), Science Foundation Ireland (Irlanda), Agence Nationel Recherche (France), Swiss Science Foundation (Svizzera), FWO (Belgio), Associazione Italiana Ricerca sul Cancro (AIRC), Alzheimer's Research Trust (UK), Italian Ministery of Health, Italian Ministery of University and Research.
The research focus is on the understanding of the molecular mechanisms at the basis of cell death and autophagy and their role in pathogenesis of diseases.
1. Perfettini JL, Castedo M, Nardacci R, Ciccosanti F, Boya P, Roumier T, Larochette N, Piacentini M*, Kroemer G.
Essential role of p53 phosphorylation by p38 MAPK in apoptosis induction by the HIV-1 envelope.
Journal of Experimental Medicine 201(2):279-89, 2005.
2. Obeid M, Tesniere A, Ghiringhelli F, Fimia GM, Apetoh L, Perfettini JL, Castedo M, Mignot G, Panaretakis T, Casares N, Metivier D,Larochette N, van Endert P, Ciccosanti F, Piacentini M, Zitvogel L, Kroemer G.
Calreticulin exposure dictates the immunogenicity of cancer cell death.
Nature Medicine 13(1):54-61, 2007.
3. Fimia GM, Stoykova A, Romagnoli A, Giunta L, Di Bartolomeo S, Nardacci R, Corazzari M, Fuoco C,, Ucar A, Schwartz P, Gruss P, Piacentini M, Chowdhury K, and Cecconi F
Ambra 1 regulates autophagy and development of the nervous system.
Nature 447(7148):1121-5, 2007.
4. Salazar M, Carracedo A, Salanueva IJ, Hernández-Tiedra S, Lorente M, Egia A, Vázquez P, Blázquez C, Torres S, García S, Nowak J, Fimia GM, Piacentini M, Cecconi F, Pandolfi PP, González-Feria L, Iovanna JL, Guzmán M, Boya P, Velasco G.
Cannabinoid action induces autophagy-mediated cell death through stimulation of ER stress in human glioma cells.
Journal of Clinical Investigation 119(5):1359-72, 2009.
5. Di Bartolomeo S, Corazzari M, Nazio F, Oliverio S, Lisi G, Antonioli M, Pagliarini V, Matteoni S, Fuoco C, Giunta L, D'Amelio M, Nardacci R, Romagnoli A, Piacentini M*, Cecconi F, Fimia GM.
The dynamic interaction of AMBRA1 with the dynein motor complex regulates mammalian autophagy.
Journal of Cell Biology191(1):155-68. 2010.
No projects are available to students for the current accademic year.