Maria Rosaria Scarfì

CNR-Institute for Electromagnetic Sensing of the Environment, Italy

Maria R. Scarfì was born in Naples in 1957. She received the degree in biological sciences, summa cum laude, from the University of Naples in 1981. Since 1984, she has had a permanent position as a Researcher at CNR in Naples, and presently she is a Senior Scientist at the Institute for Electromagnetic Sensing of the Environment (IREA) of the CNR in Naples, where she is responsible for the Bioelectromagnetic Research Unit. From September 1987 to March 1988, Scarfì was a Visiting Researcher at the Western General Hospital of the Medical Research Council, Edinburgh, Scotland, from 2001to 2009, Board Member of the European Bioelectromagnetics Association (EBEA), and, since 2009, a Board Member of the Bioelectromagnetics Society. Since 2005, Scarfì has been responsible for the research project Electromagnetic Safety and Compatibility (ICT Department, CNR). Her research activity mainly focuses on the evaluation of biological effects induced in mammalian cell cultures (cell proliferation, DNA integrity, apoptosis, oxidative stress, and cell cycle) by exposure to electromagnetic fields, from extremely low frequencies to millimeter waves. Moreover, Scarfì is also involved in the study of biocompatibility of nanoparticles (carbon nanotubes) and in the evaluation of intracellular effects of ultrashort electric pulses.

Biography Updated on 1 November 2011

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