Giulio Superti-Furga

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Giulio Superti-Furga
Giulio Superti-Furga Sazel.jpg
Giulio Superti-Furga, Ph.D. in 2011
Born (1962-05-17) 17 May 1962 (age 55)
Milan, Italy
Nationality Italian
Fields Molecular Biology, Medical Systems Biology, Pharmacology
Institutions CeMM

Giulio Superti-Furga (born 17 May 1962 in Milan) is an Italian molecular and systems biologist based in Vienna, Austria. He is the Scientific Director of CeMM, the Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and Professor of Medical Systems Biology at the Medical University of Vienna Medical University of Vienna.

Amongst his most significant scientific achievements to date are the elucidation of basic regulatory mechanisms of tyrosine kinases in human cancers and the discovery of fundamental organization principles of the proteome of higher organisms, which is one of the most highly cited papers in the field. His work has directly contributed to a systems-level understanding of pathogen infections in host cells and of the mechanism of action of specific drugs. He is an advocate for the adoption of systems biology approaches for medicine and in particular for drug discovery and aims to bridge basic research and the clinical world.

Giulio Superti-Furga has published some 166 manuscripts[1] and some 254 publications in ISI Web of Science[2] that have been collectively cited > 20,000 times (excl. self), reflected by an h-index of 60. The paper "Functional organization of the yeast proteome by systematic analysis of protein complexes" by Gavin, AC*, 36 authors, Superti-Furga G* (* shared correspondence), Nature 2002, Jan 10; 414:141-147 has been cited > 4,600 times (Google Scholar) or > 2,600 times according to ISI Web of Science and is a Faculty of 1000 All Time Top 10 paper in biology. His current work focuses on protein complexes, molecular networks and drugs relevant for leukemia and host immune defense mechanisms against pathogens.[citation needed]


Giulio Superti-Furga was educated at the German School of Milan (DSM) in Milan, Italy. He performed his undergraduate and graduate studies in Molecular Biology at the University of Zurich, at Genentech Inc. in San Francisco and at the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) in Vienna. Giulio Superti-Furga was a post-doctoral fellow at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg and became Team Leader in 1995. From 1997 to 2000 he served as Guest Professor of Molecular Biology at the University of Bologna, Italy. In 2000, he co-founded the biotech company Cellzome Inc. and served as Scientific Director.[3] Since 2005 he has been Scientific Director of CeMM; the Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. From 2005 to 2014 Giulio Superti-Furga was a Visiting Professor of Molecular Pharmacology at the Medical University of Vienna, where he was recently appointed as Professor of Medical Systems Biology as of 2015. Furthermore, he is serving on the Scientific Advisory Board of several institutions. Giulio Superti-Furga chairs the board of the EMBL Alumni Association,[4] which has ~2,500 members. In 2009, he was awarded the Knight Officer Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy for his contributions to science. In 2010 he co-founded the biotechnology company Haplogen GmbH in Vienna, a CeMM spin-off focused on haploid genetics.[5] Haplogen Genomics, a former daughter company of Haplogen that in 2013 together with CeMM released the world's largest collection of engineered human haploid knockout cell lines for biomedical discovery doi:10.1038/nmeth.2609,[6] in 2015 became part of the Horizon group as Horizon Genomics GmbH.[7] In February 2013 the eight nominees of the Board of the University of Vienna elected Giulio Superti-Furga as ninth member to serve for a five-year term.[8] He is married and has two children.

Personal Genome[edit]

Giulio Superti-Furga's personal genome sequence PGA1 is publicly available on Genom Austria, the Austrian Personal Genome Project initiative within the Global Network of Personal Genome Projects,





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