Prof. Augusto Pessina

Professor of Microbiology

Professor of Microbiology in the Department of Biomedical, Surgical, Dental Sciences of the University of Milan, Italy. Coordinator of the Italian Group for Mesenchymal Stem Cells. He managed EU project on alternative methods for testing hematotoxicity that allowed ECVAM Scientific Advisory Committee (ESAC) to endorse CFU-GM assay for predicting acute neutropenia in humans. At present his main research interests concern therapeutic potential of mesenchymal stem cells and methods to assess their safety. In particular he is running projects to develop and apply procedures for loading MSCs with drugs that are able to inhibit tumour growth in vitro and in tumour bearing mice.

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