Raffaella Giavazzi obtained a Biological Sciences degree at the University of Milan, Italy.
Afterwards she continued her studies with the specialization and the PhD in Pharmacology.
In 2017 she gained the qualifications of Professor in General Pathology and in Applied Biology.
She spent several years abroad, in the US, where she worked at the National Cancer Institute and she was Assistant Professor at the Dept. of Cell Biology of M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumour Institute, University of Texas in Houston (1983-1985).
She was Honorary Research Fellow and Visiting Professor at Richard Dimble Dept. of Cancer/ICRF, London, UK.
She is Head of the Laboratory of Cancer Metastasis Therapeutics at the Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri since 1986, and starting from October 2018 she is the Research Coordinator of the Mario Negri Institute in Milan.
Raffaella Giavazzi’s research interests are in the field of tumor biology and pharmacology with a specific interest in the metastatic process and tumor angiogenesis. She is involved in the pre-clinical and clinical development of new therapeutics against cancer, with particular involvement in ovarian and pancreatic cancer.
She was consulting scientist for the NCI -Developmental Therapeutics Program- in Bethesda, USA (1998-2005), a member of the Executive Committee at the South Europe New Drug Development Organization (1988-2012) and she was in the board of the European Association for Cancer Research (2008-2012). She was President of the Italian Cancer Society (2005-2007).
She was a member of the Board of Directors at the University of Trento (2012-2018), a member of the Teaching Committee for the PhD course of Physiology, Pharmacology, Molecular and Cellular Tossicology, University of Siena, Italy (2004-2012) and she was adjutant Professor in Oncology at the Medical School of the University of Brescia and at the Medical School of the University of Pisa.
She received the Researcher Career Award “Italian League Against Tumor” (2003), the “Giorgio Prodi” Lecturship, Italian Cancer Society (2012) and the Researcher Career Award “5th Simon Karpatkin Memorial Lecture”, 9th International Conference on Thrombosis and Hemostasis Issues in Cancer (2018).
She is part of the “Top Italian Women Scientist”, a group of women scientists with high impact publications. Her name appears into the website www.100esperte.it which includes women with expertise in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
She has published approximately 240 articles and extracts in the field of Cancer Research and she has been invited as speaker at several national and international congresses.