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About Us

SEMM is a private Foundation for higher education in biomedicine established in 2001, which aims to promote training and research within emerging sectors of biomedicine, such as genomics, molecular medicine, nanotechnologies and bioethics.


SEMM foundation is an alliance gathering 2 Universities, 2 charities and 3 research centers:
  • University of Milan
  • University of Naples "Federico II"
  • Telethon Foundation
  • FIRC Italian Foundation for Cancer Research
  • IFOM the FIRC Institute of Molecular Oncology Foundation, Milan
  • FIEO Foundation European Institute of Oncology, Milan
  • CEINGE Center for Genetic Engineering, Naples


Prof. Umberto Veronesi
Vice chairman
Prof. Filiberto Cimino
Scientific Director
Prof. Pier Giuseppe Pelicci
Administrative Director
Dr. Domenico Triarico
Advisory Board
The board is composed of representatives from each founding institution.
Academic Board
It oversees all scientific and training activities. Current members are: Pier Giuseppe Pelicci, Francesco Blasi, Elisabetta Dejana, Gioacchino Natoli, Francesco Salvatore, Brunella Franco, Andrea Ballabio.
Board of Auditors

Prof. Paolo Pollice, Dr. Sergio Vaglieri, Dr. Laura Restelli



SEMM has created training programs that integrate basic research and clinical practice. Our interdisciplinary programs provide students with the skills they will need to face the emerging challenges in the biomedical field.
  • PhD in Systems Medicine

    - curriculum in Molecular Oncology

    - curriculum in Human Genetics

    - curriculum in Computational Biology

    - curriculum in Medical Nanotechnology

    - curriculum in Foundations & Ethics of the Life Sciences

  • International post doc program



University of Milan (Università degli Studi di Milano) and University of Naples Federico II.


PhD program Coordinator
Prof. Giuseppe Viale, University of Milan
Teaching board
It includes 68 members of which 40 hold an academic position at the University of Milan or Naples Federico II and 28 are principal investigators of our school sites. The complete list can be seen here.


SEMM began its activities using funds made available by the Italian Ministry of Health. The Umberto Veronesi Foundation (FUV) has been especially important to us as it contributes funding for research costs, SEMM teaching staff and student fellowships.
Other sponsors: European School Of Oncology, Fondazione Giovanni Grasselli, Istituto Banco Di Napoli - Fondazione.