About us

The Institute of Molecular Genetics Luigi Luca cavalli-Sforza (IGM) was founded in September 2000 by the fusion of two CNR centers in Pavia: the Institute of Biochemical and Evolutionary Genetics (IGBE) and the Centre for Histochemical Studies (CSI). In 2007, a further section in Bologna, previously part of another CNR Institute (ITOI: Institute for Organ Transplantation and Immunology), joined IGM. Thanks to a formal collaboration agreement, the section in Bologna is hosted within the Orthopedic Rizzoli Institute. 

In spite of this complex history, the various components of the Institute share common scientific interests with a high level of methodological complementarity. IGM combines investigations on basic cellular processes, renowned at international level, with applied and translational research.

IGM is mainly involved in basic research on fundamental biological processes. Four main lines of investigation can be identified, on which converge the activities of groups in Pavia e Bologna:  >>>

Research activities

IGM researches on basic biological mechanisms is completed with a likewise qualified translational research. Three main research fields can be identified: 1) molecular analysis of hereditary genetic diseases, 2) molecular characterzation of acquired genetic diseases such as tumors and their prograssion to metastasis, 3) development of techniques and screening of new compounds. Research activities of the various groups are strictly interrelated utilizing the front-line methods of the modern biology (biochemical and pharmacological approach, molecular genetics and biology, cellular biology and bio-computing).  >>>



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Abnormal Metabolic states, cellular stressors and NeuroDegenerative processes

Basic methodologies for innovation in the diagnosis and treatment of multifactorial diseases




           Italian Foundation for Cancer Research

                    Molecular Oncology Institute



Adriano Buzzati-Traverso





The second event of the IGM-IFOM seminar series will be anticipated to January 26th at 14:30.


The seminar will be held by Giovanni Maga (Director of IGM-CNR) on "New players for old games: ribonucleotide excision repair...

Pandemics: coronavirus and beyond

The page: "Pandemics: coronavirus and beyond What we are learning from the Covid-19 "earthquake" is available on the website of CNR - Department of Biomedical Sciences.


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The research group of the IGM CNR of Bologna led by Dr. Giovanna Lattanzi partecipates in the program TREAT-HGPS. TREAT-HGPS is a transnational 3-yr program involving 4 European nations which will exploit existing HGPS cell and...


Tuesday, November 26th at 12:00 at IGM-CNR, Dr. Giuseppina Caligiuri (Wolfson Wohl Cancer Research Center, University of Glasgow, Glasgow UK) will hold a seminar entitled: "One gene program to rule the microenvironment:...

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