Stefania Pizzimenti was born in Torino, Italy, in 1969. She received the MS degree in biological sciences in 1992, the Ph.D. degree in experimental and molecular pathology in 1997, and the postgraduate degree in clinical pathology in 2001, at the University of Torino. She was a Visiting Fellow in 1995-1996 at Institute for Molecular Biology and Tumor Research, the University of Marburg in Germany. From May 1999 to January 2001, Pizzimenti periodically visited the University of Milano at the General Pathology Institute for a scientific collaboration. Since October 2006, she has been Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, University of Torino, Torino, Italy (general pathology). Dr. Pizzimenti is mainly interested in studying the role of 4-hydroxynonenal (HNE), an aldehyde derived from lipid peroxidation. Among the products of lipid peroxidation, HNE is the most intensively studied, since it is involved in several pathological conditions, such as atherosclerosis, neurodegenerative and chronic liver diseases, and cancer. In particular, she is investigating the molecular mechanism of low concentrations of HNE, similar to those found in human plasma and tissues, able to elicit antiproliferative and differentiative effects on several tumor cells.
Biography Updated on 29 July 2011