Institutional leadership and activities coordination

Management and Governance

Scientific Director


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Andrea Ballabio is the founder and director of the Telethon Institute of Genetics and Medicine (TIGEM) in Naples, Italy. He is a professor in Medical Genetics at the University of Naples “Federico II” and a Visiting Professor at both Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, and at the University of Oxford, UK.

Prof. Ballabio has served as the President of the European Society of Human Genetics and as Council member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO). He has published over 280 papers in international scientific journals, prompting numerous national and international awards in research and culture, including the 2007 award for the European Society of Human Genetics. In the same year, he was also awarded the “Knighthood of the Italian Republic” by the President of Italy.

The overall scientific management of the Institute is the primary responsibility of the Director. Prof. Ballabio oversees all the activities of the Institute and is responsible for improving and maintaining the scientific quality of TIGEM’s personnel and of the science being pursued.

Operation Manager


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Flavio Castellacci is TIGEM’s Operations Manager. He received an Engineering degree from the University of Naples "Federico II" and has since held various managerial roles in the automobile industry, the production of protective films, and manufacturing of instruments for both commercial construction and shipbuilding.

At TIGEM, he manages the administrative, purchasing, maintenance, general services, and safety teams.

His overall duties are
− leading, implementing and supervising the activities of the Administration and Technical Support;
− administrating and safeguarding all of TIGEM’s assets (physical assets, including facilities and equipment);
− assuming contractual responsibility for all personnel matters;
− ensuring compliance with applicable legal regulations;
− implementing improvements for administrative policies, processes and tools;
− supervision of Animal house procedures;
− liaising with Telethon Foundation administrative offices.

Chief Scientific Officer 


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After over 10 years working as a scientist in biomedicine in Argentina, US and Italy, Graciana Diez-Roux decided to tackle a new challenge to become Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) at the TIGEM. Dr. Diez-Roux graduated from Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina with a degree in Biology, she then moved to USA and obtained her Ph.D. from New York University in 1998.

After receiving her Ph.D., she was awarded an EMBO long-term post-doctoral fellowship to work in the Department of Molecular Biology and Pathology at the Università degli Studi di Napoli. Since 2001, Dr. Diez Roux joined TIGEM, first as a group leader, and since 2003 as Chief Scientific Officer. As CSO, Dr. Diez Roux set-up and now directs TIGEM’s Scientific office (SO), a unique structure whose main role is to facilitate and promote TIGEM’s mission and research activities. She plays a key role in creating opportunities for international and interdisciplinary collaborations, and by facilitating and enhancing partnerships and collaborations with governmental organizations, foundations and industries. She develops implements strategies to improve TIGEM’s scientific organization and to ensure that research and scientific priorities are aligned with the overall mission and goals of the organization.

Internal Advisory Board

The Internal Advisory Board (IAB) is composed of the three current Program Coordinators (Alberto Auricchio, Antonella De Matteis and Diego di Bernardo), the Chief Scientific Officer, and chaired by the Director. This board meets monthly to address specific issues related to the Institute regarding scientific strategy, new recruitments, and management.

The IAB also advises the Director on the management of resources, purchasing of large equipment, and administrative issues. In addition, the Director may request non-permanent members who are part of the TIGEM staff to address specific issues on an ad hoc basis.

Andrea Ballabio

TIGEM Director

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Antonella De Matteis

Cell Biology and Disease Mechanisms Program Coordinator

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Graciana Diez-Roux

Chief Scientific Officer

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Diego di Bernardo

Genomic Medicine Program Coordinator

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Alberto Auricchio

Molecular Therapy Program Coordinator

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