Daniele Piomelli, PhD, MD

Daniele Piomelli, PhD, MD

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Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology and Biological Chemistry
Louise Turner Arnold Chair in the Neurosciences
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA

Daniele Piomelli was born and educated in Naples, Italy, where he earned his degree of Doctor of Pharmacy in 1982. He moved to New York City in 1983, where he studied Pharmacology and Neuroscience with James H. Schwartz and Eric Kandel at Columbia University, and later with Paul Greengard at the Rockefeller University. Both his mentors received in 2000 the Nobel Prize for their contributions to medicine. After working at the INSERM in Paris (France) and at the Neurosciences Institute in San Diego, with Nobel Laureate Gerald Edelman, Daniele joined the University of California, Irvine, where he is now Louise Turner Arnold Chair in Neurosciences and Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Pharmacology and Biological Chemistry. In addition, he is the founding director of the unit of drug discovery and development (D3) at the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa, Italy. Daniele is an author in more than 300 peer-reviewed articles in journals such as Nature, Science, PNAS and Nature Neuroscience, three full-length books, and 30 patents. He co-founded the biopharmaceutical start-ups Kadmus Pharmaceuticals, Thesan Pharmaceuticals and NeoKera Therapeutics, all based on discoveries made in his lab.

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