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Federico Focher


IGM-CNR, Via Abbiategrasso, 207 - 27100 Pavia, Italy

phone: +39-0382-546352
fax: +39-0382-422286
E-mail: focher@igm.cnr.it
Web: www.igm.cnr.it

 


Dr. Focher was trained as a Molecular Biologist and spent his career at the Institute of Molecular Genetics (IGM) – National Research Council (Pavia, Italy), culminating in the position of Director of Research and Member of the Scientific Board of IGM. His expertise in Biochemistry, Enzymology and Molecular Biology includes cloning, expression, purification and characterization of several enzymes involved in viral, bacterial, protozoal and human DNA replication and repair, e.g. DNA polymerases, nucleoside kinases, uracil-DNA glycosylases, dUTPases etc. Most of his researches are focused on the biochemical and in vitro enzymatic characterization of specific inhibitors of viral, prokaryotic and eukaryotic DNA replication. Current efforts are devoted to the study of specific inhibitors of human adenosine kinase, Clostridium difficile DNA polymerase IIIC, and HSV thymidine kinase.

Because of his outstanding studies in History of Biology (five books and several papers published in the field), he was appointed Lecturer of History of Biology at the University of Pavia (90 publications in Pub-Med; H-index: 28).


Education

  • Diploma di Maturita' Classica. Cremona, Italy ( 1976)
  • Doctor degree cum laude in Biological Sciences, University of Pavia, Italy (1980)
  • Degree cum laude in Advanced Studies in Genetics, University of Pavia, Italy (1984)
  • Fellow of the Collegio Ghislieri in Pavia, Italy (1976-1982)

 

Professional Positions

  • Fellow of the University of Pavia at the Department of Genetics and Microbiology of the University of Pavia, Italy (1981-1984)
  • Fellow of the Associazione Italiana per la Ricerca sul Cancro (AIRC) at the Istituto di Genetica Biochimica ed Evoluzionistica (IGBE), Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), Pavia, Italy (1985-1986)
  • Post-doctor at the Institute of Pharmacology and Biochemistry, University of Zurich-Irchel, Zurich, Switzerland (Prof. U. Hubscher) - (1987-1988)
    Junior Scientist at the Istituto di Genetica Biochimica ed Evoluzionistica (IGBE), CNR, Pavia, Italy (1986-1998)
  • Visiting scientist at the Institute of Pharmacology and Biochemistry, University of Zurich-Irchel, Zurich, Switzerland (Prof. U. Hubscher) - (1989)
  • Visiting scientist at the Department of Phamacology, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA, USA (prof. G. E. Wright) - (1993)
  • Senior Scientist at the Istituto di Genetica Molecolare (IGM), CNR, Pavia, Italy (1998-2001)
  • Director of Research at the Istituto di Genetica Molecolare (IGM), CNR, Pavia, Italy (2002-present)
  • Professor of History of Biology at the University of Pavia (2013-present).


 

 

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