| Elisabetta Giuffra - President
Elisabetta Giuffra is a biologist and obtained her PhD in 1993 in molecular genetics from the University of Turin. She has more than 12 years experience in international research in plant molecular biology and animal genomics, and overall spent 8 years for doctoral and postdoctoral research in France, Sweden and U.K..
Since 2001 she is the group leader of the Livestock Genomics I section of CERSA, the research centre of the Parco Tecnologico Padano. Her current research concerns the genetic and functional genomics aspects of main infectious diseases in swine, the biodiversity of loci with adaptive value in the innate immune response, and the development of diagnostic tests for marker assisted selection in livestock and for the safety of related food products. She also carries out managerial activities in international projects, including Gender Action Plans for the European Commission, and is member of the ANR (Agence Nationale de Recherche, France) panel of experts for animal genomics project evaluation.
|Simona Palermo – Executive Director
Simona Palermo is a postdoc scientist and a scientific communicator. As a scientist, she has extensive experience in molecular biology both in public research and in the biotech industry, in fields ranging from plant pathology to animal genomics and biomedicine. She spent one year at Oklahoma State University in US as a PhD and one year in Switzerland, as postdoc scientist in an agrochemical company. She also holds a masters degree in Scientific Journalism and a specialization degree in On-line Communication and writes for several scientific journals and popular science publications.
Shes currently working at several research projects within the Livestock Genomics I section of CERSA at Parco Tecnologico Padano, including the activities of the Gender Action Plans.
|Joan Lunney - Honorary Member
Joan Lunney is an internationally recognized veterinary immunogeneticist. She has devoted her research career to swine immunology and genomics, with current research focusing on resistance to infectious diseases. After receiving her PhD in biochemistry in 1976 from the Johns Hopkins University of Baltimore, MD, she did postdoctoral research at the NIH in transplantation immunogenetics and swine immunology. In 1983 she joined the Agriculture Research Service (ARS), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), in Beltsville, MD where she led research activities on swine immunology, genetics and resistance to parasitic diseases. From 1994 to 2003 she served as the Research Leader for the Immunology and Disease Resistance Laboratory. Currently she's a Research Scientist in the Animal Parasitic Diseases Laboratory. She is author of more than 180 scientific publications, member of numerous scientific editorial boards, committees and associations, and recipient of many honors.
She is also deeply committed to supporting the advancement of women in science, devoting her time and experience to mentoring women scientists by the example of her own accomplished professional life and addressing structural and organizational change to benefit women in research. She received the Women's Equality Day Supervisor's Award from USDA National Women's Action Taskforce (1991), the award for "dedicated promotion of women into science" from the Beltsville Area of USDA (1992) and the Excellence in Mentoring Award from Association for Women in Science (AWIS) - Bethesda (2006).
She has been selected as an honorary member and US "ambassador" of FAiR.