Annalisa Pastore

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Annalisa Pastore

Alma materUniversity of Naples Federico II
ETH Zurich
University of Wisconsin System
AwardsEMBO Member (2000)[1]
Scientific career
FieldsStructural biology[2]
Iron metabolism[3]
InstitutionsKing's College London
University of Oxford
European Molecular Biology Laboratory
National Institute for Medical Research
Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa
InfluencesIain Donald Campbell
Richard R. Ernst

Annalisa Pastore MAE is a Professor of Chemistry and Molecular Biology at King's College London.[3][4] In 2018 she became the first woman to be appointed full professor at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa.[5]


Pastore studied chemistry at the University of Naples Federico II. She earned a master's degree in 1981 and her PhD in 1987.[citation needed] She worked as an exchange student with Richard R. Ernst at ETH Zurich and also at the University of Wisconsin.[6]


Pastore started her career at the University of Oxford as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biochemistry, working alongside Iain Donald Campbell.[7][8] Pastore was subsequently appointed a staff scientist position at European Molecular Biology Laboratory in 1988. In 1991 she was made group leader of the Structures Program.[9] She joined the National Institute for Medical Research in 1991. She has solved several structures on the Protein Data Bank. She was made an honorary professor at University College London. [1] She took a one-year sabbatical at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research.[6] During this time, she filed several patents related to allergens and their uses.[10]

Pastore worked at King's College London from 2013 to 2018.[11] She has secured several million pounds of funding from Medical Research Council and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.[12] She works on the molecular basis of neurodegeneration.[13] She looks at diseases caused by protein aggregation, including Huntington's disease and Machado–Joseph disease.[11] She also studies pathologies that are a result of misfunctioning of the iron metabolism, including Friedreich's ataxia.[11] She is interested the structure and function of these diseases and uses a range of characterisation techniques, including AFM, EM and ITC calorimetry.[11] She served as the Field Chief Editor for Frontiers Media Molecular Biosciences.[14] She serves as an editor of PeerJ.[8]

In 2018 Pastore was the first woman to be appointed professor at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa.[5][15]

Awards and honours[edit]

Pastore was elected a member of the Academia Europaea (MAE).[when?][16] She was nominated to AcademiaNet in 2013[17] and made a member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) in 2000.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "EMBO MEMBER: Annalisa Pastore". Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  2. ^ Ehrnhoefer, Dagmar E; Bieschke, Jan; Boeddrich, Annett; Herbst, Martin; Masino, Laura; Lurz, Rudi; Engemann, Sabine; Pastore, Annalisa; Wanker, Erich E (2008). "EGCG redirects amyloidogenic polypeptides into unstructured, off-pathway oligomers". Nature Structural & Molecular Biology. 15 (6): 558–566. doi:10.1038/nsmb.1437. ISSN 1545-9993.
  3. ^ a b Annalisa Pastore publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  4. ^ Annalisa Pastore publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  5. ^ a b "Pisa, la prima prof ordinaria di Scienze nella storia della Normale: "Anche contro di me offese sessiste" - Il Fatto Quotidiano". Il Fatto Quotidiano (in Italian). 2018-10-18. Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  6. ^ a b "Annalisa Pastore". Loop. Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  7. ^ Cooke, Robert M.; Wilkinson, Anthony J.; Baron, Martin; Pastore, Annalisa; Tappin, Michael J.; Campbell, Iain D.; Gregory, Harry; Sheard, Brian (1987). "The solution structure of human epidermal growth factor". Nature. 327 (6120): 339–341. doi:10.1038/327339a0. ISSN 0028-0836.
  8. ^ a b "PeerJ - Profile - Annalisa Pastore". Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  9. ^ EMBL. "Alumni News - March 2009 - NMR alumni celebrate opening of NMR centre at EMBL Heidelberg - EMBL". Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  10. ^ "Annalisa Pastore Inventions, Patents and Patent Applications - Justia Patents Search". Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  11. ^ a b c d "King's College London - Annalisa Pastore Group". Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  12. ^ "Annalisa Pastore". Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  13. ^ "Annalisa Pastore - Research Portal, King's College, London". Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  14. ^ Frontiers (2016-02-16), Frontiers Science Hero Annalisa Pastore, retrieved 2018-10-20
  15. ^ Tebano, di Elena. "Scuola Normale, Annalisa Pastore è la prima ordinaria di scienze: "Il sessismo? Esiste"". Corriere della Sera (in Italian). Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  16. ^ Hoffmann, Ilire Hasani, Robert. "Academy of Europe: Pastore Annalisa". Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  17. ^ "Prof. Annalisa Pastore - AcademiaNet". Retrieved 2018-10-20.