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




European Researchers' Night: Project Society

Cell Aging in healthy individuals and in patients affected by Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome will be the topic presented by  CNR- Molecular Genetics Institute UOS of Bologna, on September 29 at the 2nd edition of the...


Friday, July 7th at 14.30 in the IGM Falaschi Conference Room, dr Carlo Napolitano MD, PhD (Cardiologia Molecolare, Istituti Clinici Scientifici Maugeri, IRCCS) will hold the seminar entitled: "Gene and molecular...


On Friday June 30th at 12:00 in the IGM Falaschi Seminar Room, Elisa de Stanchina (Antitumor Assessment Core, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York) will hold the seminar titled:

"An alternative career path:...


Professor Adrian Krainer (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory-Cold Spring Harbor – NY - USA) will hold the 7th Arturo Falaschi Lecture titled "Nusinersen (SPINRAZA): the first FDA-approved treatment for SMA".


The Lecture...

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