About us

The Institute of Molecular Genetics (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




New Broad-spectrum antiviral agents open the way to a single drug effective against the most dangerous viruses

The real possibility of a revolutionary approach to new-generation antivirals demonstrated by a study of the University of Siena and the Italian CNR.

 A single drug against all viral infections, capable of hitting the...

"DNA and RNA metabolisms meet at chromatin to control genome stability"

IGM - CNR, Conference Room "A. Falaschi", 11-15 Aprile 2016


Organizers: Dr. Giuseppe Biamonti, Dr. Claudia Ghigna, Dr. Giordano Liberi and Dr. Alessandra Montecucco, Istituto di Genetica Molecolare, CNR,...

Sixth Arturo Falaschi Lecture

The Sixth edition of the Falaschi Lecture will be delivered by Prof. Tomas Lindahl, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 2015, on next Thursday March 24th 2016 at 11:00 a.m.

at Collegio Volta, Via Ferrata 17, PAVIA



Free oxygen radicals and a hybrid genome: a dangerous cocktail








The genetic information is present in the cell as DNA, which is the form for storage and propagation to the next generation, and RNA, which is the form used by the cell to decode the instructions contained in its...

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