Massimo Negrini is an associate professor in Oncology at the University of Ferrara, where he teaches Molecular Oncology in different graduate and post-graduate programs. He is director of the Specialization School in Oncology at the University of Ferrara. He is also a biologist executive at the Hospital of Ferrara, where he supervises molecular genetics analyses performed on biological samples from oncological and hematological patients.

He is editor-in-chief of the journal High-Throughput, an international, open access biomedical journal focused on the use of high-throughput technologies (microarray, NGS and other) published quarterly online by MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute, Basel, Switzerland). He is also member of the editorial board of other international biomedical journals focused on nucleic acids investigation in the medical field.

The scientific area of his laboratory is molecular genetics of cancer. Dr. Negrini investigates the role of microRNAs in human cancer, either as diagnostic biomarkers or as therapeutic molecules, a field that, with the colleagues Prof. Carlo Croce and Prof. George Calin, he has initiated several year ago. He also investigates circulating miRNAs and tumor DNA as diagnostic, prognostic or predictive biomarkers in human cancer.

His scientific activity is supported by a research team that presently includes 10 members (including post-doctoral fellows and PhD students) as well as 6 students on stage for the preparation of their graduation thesis.

Prof. Negrini has co-authored more than 248 papers in international peer-reviewed journals. During his career, he has managed tens of projects funded by the Italian Ministry of University, the Italian Ministry of Health, Region Emilia Romagna, the Italian Association for Cancer Research, Telethon, the European Commission and the National Institute of Health USA.


A. Education
University of Ferrara, Italy Master Nov 1982 Biological Sciences
University of Pavia, Italy Perfectioning Nov 1984 Genetics
University of Ferrara, Italy PhD May 1991 Biochemistry

B. Professional experience
1982-84 Post-graduate fellow at the Institute of Biochemical and Evolutionary Genetics, National Council of Research, Pavia, Italy.
1985-87 Post-graduate fellow at the Wistar Institute, Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.
1987-90 Post-graduate fellow at the Institute of Microbiology, University of Ferrara, Italy.
1991 Laboratory Head at the Interdepartment Center for Cancer Research, University of Ferrara, Italy.
1992-2004 Assistant Professor at the Kimmel Cancer Institute, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.
1996-2014 Assistant Professor at the Department of Experimental and Diagnostic Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Ferrara, Italy
2000-2009 Director, Interdepartment Center for Cancer Research, University of Ferrara, Italy
2008-present Director, Microarray Facility, University of Ferrara, Italy
2009-present Executive Biologist at the University Hospital of Ferrara, Italy
2014-present Associate Professor at the Department of Morphology, Surgery and Experimental Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Ferrara, Italy
2015-present Director, Specialization School in Oncology at the Department of Morphology, Surgery and Experimental Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Ferrara, Italy