Fabio Marra

University of Florence, Italy

Fabio Marra graduated cum laude in 1986 from the University of Florence School of Medicine. He received his Ph.D. degree in 1992. Since graduation, he has become involved in studies on the pathophysiology of chronic liver disease. From 1992 to 1994, he has been a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, USA, where he became familiar with the application of molecular and cellular biology techniques to biomedical research. In 1995, he has been appointed as an Assistant Professor of medicine from the University of Florence, School of Medicine, where he leads an independent research group. Since 2004, he serves as an Associate Professor of medicine. In addition to his research activity, he is involved in clinical work and teaching at the Department of Medicine. From 2002 to 2005, he has been a Member of the Steering Committee of the Italian Association for the Study of the Liver (AISF). Since 2007, he is a Member of the Governing Board of the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL). He has published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals, and he is a Member of the editorial boards of major international journals, including Gastroenterology and Gut. He regularly serves as a Reviewer for the most important gastroenterology journals and for funding agencies. His group has provided a relevant contribution to the study of cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying liver inflammation and repair, with work widely cited in the literature. In particular, he has contributed to define the role of different factors, including cytokines and chemokines, in the response to chronic liver damage, increasing the knowledge in the field of liver fibrosis. In this area, he is recognized as a national and international expert, as indicated by the numerous participations in meetings and seminars as an Invited Speaker.

Biography Updated on 2 October 2011

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