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Alessandro Bisello PhD

  • Director of BMP
  • Professor of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology
  • Affiliate Member, Vascular Medicine Institute

After graduation from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Padova (Italy), I moved to the Beth Israel Hospital / Harvard Medical School in Boston for a post-doc and a junior faculty position. I joined the University of Pittsburgh in 2000, where I am currently Professor in Pharmacology and Chemical Biology and an affiliate member of the Vascular Medicine Institute.


Graduate Students: Since 2004, I have served as the director of the course “Principles of Pharmacology”, and I teach in “Neuropharmacology” and “Drug Discovery”. I also facilitate small groups in the course “Grant Writing". In my laboratory, I have mentored both undergraduate and graduate students.

Medical Students: I facilitate medical students problem-based learning (PBL) in Fuel Metabolism, Pharmacology, and Cell and Tissue Physiology. I am a teaching faculty member for the course “Method and Logic in Biomedicine.”

    Education & Training

  • Post Doc - Beth Israel Hospital / Harvard Medical School
  • PhD - Department of Chemistry at the University of Padova (Italy)
Research Interests

I am primarily involved in research aimed at establishing the mechanisms of inflammation in the vascular system. We study the role of specific proteins in establishing a chronic inflammatory state that induces the recruitment of leukocytes and monocytes to lesion sites, leading to the local production of redox and cytokine-related inflammatory mediators that promote the proliferation and migration of vascular smooth muscle cells. I have published 59 peer-reviewed papers, with an H index of 27.

Courses Taught
Comprehensive Analysis of Disease