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




Discovering the laws of life: Portraits by Redi, Maupertuis, Trembley, von Humboldt, Wallace, Mendel

A new book by dr. Federico Focher entitled "Alla scoperta delle leggi della vita. Ritratti di Redi, Maupertuis, Trembley, Humboldt, Wallace, Mendel" was published (editor "Il prato").

Every scientific...

The future in gene therapy

The newspaper "Il Resto del Carlino" on 27/1/2019 published an article about research on the treatment of rare diseases in which CNR institutes are deeply involved. 

In the article, Dr. Giovanna Lattanzi...


On December 18, 2018 at 15:00 at IGM Seminar Room "A. Falaschi", our colleague Dr. Giacomo Buscemi will hold the following seminar: "DNA damage and repair: a matter of context".


On December 19, 2018 at 16:30 at IGM Seminar Room "A. Falaschi", Dr. Serena Grossi (Dept. of Dermatology, University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland) will hold the following seminar: "A dual role of...

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