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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.


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. Pier Giuseppe Pelicci
Vice president
Prof. Filiberto Cimino
Scientific Director
Dr. Bruno Amati
Administrative Director
Ms. Laura Massardi
Advisory Board
The board is composed of representatives from each founding institution.
Academic Board
It oversees all scientific and training activities. Current members are: Bruno Amati, Andrea Ballabio, Tiziana Bonaldi, Elisabetta Dejana, Brunella Franco, Diego Pasini, Francesco Salvatore.
Scientific Council
It includes all the group leaders of the school sites.
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 Humanities




The qualification of Doctor of Philosophy, abbreviated "PhD", is awarded jointly by the Rectors of the University of Milan (administrative site), the University of Naples "Federico II.", the University of Bari, the University of Turin, the University of Trento, the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, and Hunimed of Milan in compliance with the Ministerial decree dated 14 December 2021, n. 226; in the title and the certificate the institutional/scientific role of the Fondazione SEMM as well as the curriculum attended are expressly mentioned. (Università degli Studi di Milano) and


PhD program Coordinator
Prof. Saverio Minucci, University of Milan
Teaching board
It includes 73 members of which 37 hold an academic position at the University of Milan or Naples Federico II and 36 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.