Location: DIBIT2, A3, Floor 4
Director, Center for Translational Genomics and Bioinformatics
Head, Functional Genomics of Cancer Unit
Giovanni Tonon is the Director of the Center of Translational Genomics and Bioinformatics, and Head of the Functional Genomics of Cancer Unit at IRCCS Ospedale San Raffaele. He has a long-standing interest in the identification of cancer genes and pathways through cytogenetic and bioinformatic approaches, the elucidation of their oncogenic mechanism and the translation of these results in novel therapies. While in the United States, first at NIH (Bethesda – MD), and then at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, (Boston – MA), he has contributed to the identification of cancer genes in multiple myeloma, lung cancer and colon cancer, and of tumor-related pathways such as MYC in glioma and mitochondria in telomere dysfunction. He has expertise in functional validation of cancer genes. Since moving to IRCCS Ospedale San Raffaele, he has intensified his efforts towards the identification of cancer genes and their potential use as druggable targets.
1997-2002, Ph.D. in Biochemistry, University of Milan, Italy. Final test full marks
1992-1996, Resident, University of Milan, II School of Hematology, Italy. Final test full marks (110/110 cum laude)
1992, Doctor in Medicine, University of Padua, Italy (110/110 cum laude)
1989, Music Professor of piano, "B. Marcello" Conservatory, Venice, Italy
1985, Classical Baccalaureate, Liceo Tito Livio, Padua, Italy (60/60 full marks)
2016-present Director, Center for Translational and Genomics Bioinformatics, San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milan, Italy
2008–present Unit Head, Functional Genomics of Cancer Unit, San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milan, Italy
2003–2008 Instructor in Medicine (2004 – 2008) and Research Associate (2003-2004), Medical Oncology, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. Mentor: Dr. Ronald A. DePinho
1998–2003 Research Fellow (2001-2003) and Visiting Fellow (1998-2001), Genetics Branch, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD. Mentor: Dr. Ilan R. Kirsch.
1996–1998 Visiting scientist, Platelet Biology Department, American Red Cross, Rockville, MD. Mentor: Dr. Graham A. Jamieson
1992–1996 Resident, University of Milan, Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center, Milan, Italy. Mentor: Dr. Pier Mannuccio Mannucci
1991-1992 Internship, University Hospital, Cardiology Unit, Padua, Italy. Mentors: Dr. S. Dalla Volta, Padua University, and Dr. Malliani, Milan University.
2006-2009 Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Special Fellow Award
2006 International Myeloma Foundation, Brian D. Novis Research Award
2004-2006 Multiple Myeloma SPORE Career Development Award
1998-2001 National Institutes of Health Post-Doctoral Traineeship Award
1997 Foundation “A.Bianchi Bonomi” Scholarship