Paola Bonfanti

Paola Bonfanti

Qualifications and History

  • 2001 MD, University of Milan, Italy
  • 2002 Membership Board of Physicians and Surgeons, Italy
  • 2003 Research visitor, The Sanford-Burnham Institute, La Jolla, San Diego, USA
  • 2008 PhD, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, EPFL, Switzerland
  • 2011 EMBO Postdoctoral Fellow, Diabetes Research Center, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
  • 2014 Junior Group Leader, UCL-Rosetrees Excellence Fellow, Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, University College London, UCL, UK
  • 2017 Group Leader, the Francis Crick Institute, London, UK

Paola graduated in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Milan and subsequently moved to the Sanford-Burnham Institute in La Jolla, California where she worked on differentiation of human embryonic stem cells.

In 2008 she completed her PhD at the EPFL in Lausanne with a work demonstrating the plasticity and stemness of thymic epithelial cells.

In 2010, she obtained an EMBO Long Term Fellowship and moved to the Diabetes Research Centre in Brussels to work on pancreas regeneration. In 2011 Paola was awarded the Young Investigator Award in Innovative Therapy for Diabetes (EFSD/JDRF/Roche) and during her period in Brussels she contributed to several publications focusing on potency of expandable pancreatic progenitors and plasticity of adult cells. 

In 2013 Paola was awarded a UCL Rosetrees Excellence Fellowship to pursue her interest in epithelial stem cell biology and regenerative medicine at UCL.

In 2015 she obtained a Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) for her project on thymus biology and in 2017 she joined the Francis Crick Institute as a group leader.