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).  >>>



National Research Council of Italy




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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




8th Arturo Falasci Lecture

Professor Tullio Pozzan (Head of the Department of Biomedical Sciences - National Research Council) will hold the 8th Arturo Falaschi Lecture titled "Spatiotemporal heterogeneity of second messengers in living...

ERC Advanced Grant to Fabrizio d'Adda di Fagagna

A prestigious ERC Advanced Grant was given to Fabrizio d'Adda di Fagagna, researcher of IGM-CNR of Pavia and IFOM of Milan specialized in response to DNA damage and cellular senescence. His pioneering research has already...

A New Strategy To Fight the West Nile Virus Infection

A new family of DDX3X helicase inhibitors has been discovered to be effective in blocking West Nile virus replication in human cells without damaging healthy cells. The study conducted by research groups coordinated by...

FameLab Pavia and winner is ........ Matteo Cabrini!

Yesterday evening the final selection of FameLab Pavia was held and the winner was Matteo Cabrini, a brilliant Post-Doc of the IGM-CNR who gave a presentation on Homeopathy.


FameLab Pavia was organized by INFN in collaboration...

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