Andrea Ballabio, M.D.
Andrea Ballabio is the director and founder of the Telethon Institute of Genetics and Medicine (TIGEM) of Pozzuoli; professor of medical genetics in the department of translational medicine at the Federico II University of Naples and visiting professor in the department of molecular and human genetics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.
Andrea’s work centers on the elucidation of the biological mechanisms underlying genetic diseases and the development of innovative therapeutic approaches. His team has identified numerous genes whose mutations cause human inherited diseases, leading to the discovery of their pathogenetic mechanisms. His current research focuses on the transcriptional regulation of lysosomal biogenesis and autophagy, on the role of the lysosome as a signaling hub, and on the mechanisms underlying lysosomal storage disorders and common neurodegenerative diseases.
Andrea was the president of the European Society of Human Genetics and Council member of the European Molecular Biology Organization. He is a recipient of two consecutive Advanced Investigator Grants of the European Research Council, in 2010 and 2016, which recognize the best European scientists. He has received numerous national and international awards for research and culture, including the 2007 Award of the European Society of Human Genetics. In 2007, he received the “Knighthood of the Italian Republic” from the president of Italy. In 2016 he was the first in Italy to win the prestigious Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine for his contribution to understanding the molecular mechanisms controlling the function of lysosomes in health and disease.
Andrea earned his medical degree at the University of Naples and did his residency in pediatrics. He completed his postdoctoral studies at Guy’s Hospital in London and the International Institute of Genetics and Biophysics in Naples, Italy.