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Giuseppe Valacchi


David H. Murdock Distinguished Professor

Faculty Scholar

Department of Animal Science


Dr. Valacchi’s work focuses on evaluating the effect of exogenous and endogenous sources of oxidative stress on target organs, such as skin, GI tract and lung, and the signal pathways involved in the cellular responses to these insults with special focus on epithelial wound healing. In addition he aims to study how new topical approaches (derived from natural and synthetic compounds) can ameliorate wound healing and tissue regeneration in both physiological and pathological situations. In the last 10 years he has also been pursuing research involved in understanding the role of oxidative stress in a rare disease, Rett Syndrome, defined as a neurodevelopment pathology, and in the aging processes and how dietary intervention can improve the clinical feature.

In addition, he is Ordinary Professor of Physiology at the University of Ferrara and International Scholar at Kyung Hee University, Seoul, South Korea. He obtained his BS (Physiology) with Laude, his M.S. in Physiopathology and his Ph.D. in Cellular Physiology and Neuroimmuno-physiology from the University of Siena, Italy. His research has been focused in understanding the cellular and molecular redox mechanisms that defines the tissues physio-pathological responses to endogenous and exogenous factors (Exposome) with special focus on target tissues such as skin and respiratory tract.

He is author of over 300 peer reviewed internationals manuscripts, 20 book chapters, 4 books. He has been member of the SFRR-Europe Council from 2017 to 2023. He is currently the SFRR-Europe President Elect. He has won several awards among them the Entelligence Award from Actelion, the Exposome award, the University of Ferrara Bronze Medal (2020 from the Rector of Ferrara, Prof. Zauli). In 2018 he was awarded with the “Doctorate Honoris Causa” in Biochemistry and Pharmacy from the University of Buenos Aires. In 2019 he was the recipient of the Clinical Research award from the SFRR-E and in 2021, he was awarded, in Rome, as “Paladin of Health” from the Italian Ministry of Public Health and Education. In 2022, he was nominated and awarded the title of “Faculty Scholar” at North Carolina State University, a title that recognizes and rewards emerging academic leaders who demonstrate significant achievement. In 2022 he was named David H. Murdock Distinguished Professor at NC State University.

He is Editor for Archives in Biochemistry and Biophysics and Redox Experimental Medicine; Associate Editor for Oxidative medicine and Cellular Longevity, Mediators of Inflammation, Biomed (dermatology); member of the Editorial board of several international journals including, Free Radicals in Biology and Medicine, Antioxidants, Biofactors, Genes and Nutrition.


PhD Cellular physiology and neuroimmuno-physiology University of Siena

MS Physiopathology University of Siena


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  • “University Faculty Scholar” award 2022 from the North Carolina State University
  • “Paladin of Health” from the Italian Ministry of Public Health and Education. June 26, 2021. Rome, Italy
  • University of Ferrara “Alberto V Estense” Medal. CityCare Workshop. January 21, 2021
  • SFRR Europe “Clinical Science Award” – Belgrade, SFRR-E meeting, June 11, 2020
  • Exposome Science Award – EADV Madrid, October 10, 2019
  • Doctor “Honoris Causa” University of Buenos Aires, Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry. October 2, 2018 (UBA ranks 73 among the 26,368 Universities in the world)
  • “Top italian Scientists – TIS” According to the scientific and academic achievements
  • Award from AIRETT “In appreciation of the research on oxidative stress in Rett Syndrome”. Ferrara, June 26, 2014
  • Winner of the “Science and Education Award”. First international Conference on Environmental Stressors in Biology and Medicine. Siena, June 4-6, 2008
  • Winner of the Program “Entelligence – ACTELION Young Investigator Program”, July 2006