Professor Michelangelo Campanella

Pharm D, PhD, MRPharmS, PGCAP, FHEA, PHF, FRSB

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Professor Michelangelo Campanella is a British/Italian scientist internationally recognised as an expert in the cell biology and pharmacology of mitochondria.

He studied at the School of Pharmacy of the University of Ferrara (Italy) where he completed a Pharm D in 2001 after intercalating in the USA. In 2005 he earned a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology at the University of Ferrara under the supervision of Prof. Rosario Rizzuto.


He then continued his training in mitochondrial physiology under the supervision of Professor Michael R Duchen at the University College London where he moved in 2005 as EMBO/MariCurie PostDoctoral Fellow following an initial award from the Royal Society/ Accademia dei Lincei.

Since the 2008 he is tenured at the RVC Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences where he holds a Chair in Pharmacology. From the 2014 Adjunct Professor at the University of Rome TorVergata Centre for Pharmaceutical Biotechnology.


Recipient of several awards in research, he is member of international editorial boards of peer reviewed scientific journals and he is currently acting as Local Ambassador of the Biochemical Society as well as Leader of the RVC Oncology Interest Group.


His abnegation for biomedical research, academic education and service towards talented scholars yielded him the Paul Harris Fellowship by the Rotary Foundation in 2014 and Talented Young Italian Award in 2015.

In 2018 he received the Consolidator Grant Award by the European Research Council.