• Congresses


    We are presenting the results of our research to the most important national and international meetings in the field of Cancer Research and Pharmacology
  • Research


    We are focusing on the study of the mechanism of action, toxicity and efficacy of anticancer agents mostly in pancreatic and thoracic cancers
  • Didactics


    We are involved in teaching bachelor, master and PhD students. Most of these students have a medical/biological background and their studies deal with translational research
  • Laboratory


    With novel approaches of pharmacology, biochemistry and molecular biology, we are unraveling the mechanisms by which new anticancer agents interact with tumors
Cancer Pharmacology Lab is an “AIRC Startup Unit” which aims at improving cancer therapeutics either by the development/optimization of new antitumor agents and more effective drug combinations (including chemotherapy, immunotherapy and targeted therapy) or by the tailoring of existing and new therapies. Meet the Team
Unit Purposes


Our laboratory focuses on how to implement personalized treatment into the clinic. Elucidation of resistance mechanisms to conventional and novel anticancer drugs and on ways to bypass them is studied both in appropriate model systems and in patients.
Publications and<br />

Publications and

We published several of our studies in so-called first class journals, such as Cancer Research and Journal of the National Cancer Institute and we have been invited to present our research in international meetings, including AACR, EORTC, ESMO-ECCO, American Pancreas Club and EPC.
Collaboration with<br />

Collaboration with

We closely collaborates with scientists from various parts of the world, sharing many projects, including analytical methods and preclinical models to integrate multiple endpoints – such as measurement of drug concentration/activity, genomics, and phospho-proteomics.


We give hospitality to master (medical and biology) students, Ph.D. students and post-docs in our laboratory to get them acquainted with biomedical and translational research. Many of them contributed significantly to our research.
Representative works
Unit highlights
  • Primary cell cultures
  • Novel bioluminescent orthotopic models
  • Tissue microarrays
  • Genetic profiling
  • Targeted therapies and novel combinations
About AIRC Startup Unit
AIRC Startup UnitCancer Pharmacology Lab è un nuovo laboratorio finanziato da una grant di 5 anni dell’AIRC (Associazione Italiana per la Ricerca sul Cancro) alla Dr.ssa Elisa Giovannetti. Nel nostro progetto di ricerca useremo delle culture cellulari primarie di tumore del pancreas, un’ampia raccolta di campioni tissutali e nuove metodologie di imaging per valutare l’attività preclinica di nuovi farmaci specifici, e approfondire le conoscenze sulle caratteristiche biologiche e genetiche di questo tumore.
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Our Partners
  • VU University Medical Center Amsterdam
  • European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer
  • The European Pancreatic Club
  • Associazione Italiana per lo Studio del Pancreas
  • Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation