Born in 1974 in Benevento, Italy, Massimo Pancione received his BSc degree in Biological Sciences from Sannio University in Benevento. In this period, he also completed his internship at Department of Biochemical sciences, Federico II University, Naples, Italy by studying the biochemical effects of the cAMP signaling on the promoter of the mouse Retinol Binding Protein gene; He worked at Department of Pathology of the Fatebenefratelli Hospital in Benevento and Institute of food science CNR in Avellino, Italy, where he developed in situ hybridization techniques such as IHC and FISH to characterize cancer histo-type and investigated molecular aspects of the immunological mechanisms underlying the celiac disease (mucosal inflammatory responses) on mice models. He spent a period as a visiting scientist at the CNIO, Madrid, Spain and Utrecht University, Netherlands. He received his PhD in Molecular Biology from Sannio University in Benevento by working on the molecular mechanisms underlying colorectal cancer pathogenesis − with an emphasis on oncogenes and the function of tumour-suppressor genes. He provided the first mechanistic evidence that PPARG is epigenetically downregulated trough new mediators (miR-130b) or UHRF1 as potential biomarkers of cancer progression. He identified biomarkers (NT5E/CD73) involved in the evasion of immune surveillance employing bioinformatic and translational pathology approaches and providing insight into genetic bases of CRC with rhabdoid features. Recently, he discovered novel genetic defects in components of the centrosome cohesion machinery providing the first mechanistic link between numerical/structural chromosome abnormalities and cancer aggressiveness then supporting the Boveri–Sutton chromosome theory, proposed over 100 years ago. Consequent efforts in these fields, may lead to pioneering concepts and paradigm shift from conventional diagnosis to personalized medicine.
Biography Updated on 20 May 2015