University of Rome “Tor Vergata”
Department of Experimental Medicine and Surgery
Building F North Side, Room 174
Via Montpellier 1- 00133 ROME
tel. +39 06 7259 6475
Alessandro Finazzi-Agro’ received his MD from the University of Rome and his Biochemistry PhD in 1970, where he became Associate Professor of Biochemistry. He became a Full Professor in 1975 at the University of Cagliari, and has worked subsequently at the University of L’Aquila, University of Rome “La Sapienza” and eventually at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” since 1984. He was the Dean of Faculty of Medicine from 1991-1996 and Rector from 1996-2008. In his career, he has published over 350 full papers. His research includes:
1) Structure and function of several metal-containing enzymes such as laccase, azurin, amineoxidases, lipoxygenase and ascorbate oxidase.
2) Biochemistry on cell differentiation and programmed cell death in plants and animals including the role of nitric oxide, fatty acid hydroperoxides, and metals like lithium and copper in the growth and death of vegetal (spinach, lentils, marrows) or animal (erythroid, neuroblastoma) cells or tissue (rat brain).
3) Spectroscopic techniques such as oxygen flux “in vivo” and the metabolic activity of tissues, and also fluorescence of biomolecules containing natural or artificial probes.
4) Redox mechanisms and oxygen radicals in atherosclerosis, cancer, degenerative syndromes or physiological ageing, using peroxides and nitric oxide.