Antonia Follenzi

Associate Professor

School of Medicine, University of Piemonte Orientale, Italy



Antonia Follenzi was born on 10th July 1966 in Cerignola (FG), Italy. She graduated in Medicine and Surgery in March 1992 with Honours and Printing Dignity at the University of Turin. In 1997 she specialized in Clinical Pathology at the University of Turin and in 2000 received her PhD in Human Oncology at the University of Turin. During the specialization, she spent one year (1996) as Research Fellow in Israel at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot at the Laboratory of Gene Regulation working with Prof. J. Yarden. From 1998 to 2003 she worked at IRCC of Candiolo (TO) with Prof. L. Naldini in gene therapy projects by the use of lentiviral vectors. From 2003 to 2006 she stayed in New York at the Albert Einstein of Medicine working in the laboratory of Prof. S. Gupta, where she is currently Visiting Assistant Professor. In March 2006 she became Assistant Professor and since October 2013 she is Associate Professor at the School of Medicine, Dept. of Health Sciences, of the University of Piemonte Orientale (Novara, Italy), scientific sector BIO/17 (Histology). Her main fields of interest are gene transfer by the use of lentiviral vectors, targeting transcriptional and post-transcriptional gene expression by the use of lentiviral vectors, gene and cell therapy using parenchymal (hepatocytes) and non-parenchymal liver (hepatic sinusoidal endothelial cells and Kupffer cells), Hemophilia A and B and gene therapy against cancer using lentiviral vectors and magnetic nanoparticles.