Giovanni Camussi, MD

Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine of Brown University, Providence (RI); Full Professor of Nephrology in the Department of Medical Sciences, University of Torino, Corso Dogliotti, Torino, Italy

Prof. Camussi is the current Director of the Stem Cell Laboratory at the Molecular Biotechnology Centre, and Full Professor of Nephrology at the University of Torino, Italy. He is also Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the Department of Medicine, Brown University, RI, USA. He has been Research Associate Professor in Microbiology and Pathology at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, USA, and was subsequently Full Professor of Nephrology at the University of Naples and at the University of Pavia, President Course of Medical Biotechnology and Director of the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Torino. He has over 458 publications in PubMed-indexed journals, dealing with inflammatory mediators, renal immunopathology, neoangiogenesis, transplantation, stem cell biology and extracellular vesicles.

Prof. Camussi worked on and published work on: 1. the biochemical characterization, cellular origin and biological activities of platelet-activating factor; 2. experimental models of kidney and lung injury, 3. marrow and tissue derived stem cell separation and characterization; 4. renal immunopathology; 5. inflammatory and tumor angiogenesis; 6. identification, purification and functional characterization of adult human liver stem cell-like (HLSC); 7. identification, purification and functional characterization of adult human kidney stem/progenitor cells; 8. Identification of tumor initiating stem-like cells in renal carcinomas; 9. purification and characterization of stem cell derived exosomes/microvesicles and characterization of their mRNA and miRNA content. In particular, he investigated the role of exosomes/microvesicles in the paracrine action of progenitors/stem cells and their possible therapeutic applications.

In the last 5 years Prof. Camussi has been the principal investigator in research projects funded by national (Health Institute; Italian Association for Cancer Research; Italian Association for Research on Stem Cells; Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research; Telethon), European (Kistem Project, European 6th Framework Programme on Research, Technological Development and Demonstration, and Marie Curie Actions; Nanotechnology) and USA (National Institutes of Health-NIH) funding agencies.