Department: National Centre for Chemicals
University: Italian National Institute of Health
Gabriele Aquilina is a Senior scientist of the Italian National Institute of Health (ISS). The first years of his scientific activity were focused on the experimental analysis of the mutagenic activity of chemicals associated with environmental and/or professional exposure in different test systems, mainly in vitro. In the following period he worked on DNA damage and repair, in particular investigating the DNA Mismatch Repair system and its role in the processing of exogenous DNA lesions produced by genotoxic agents. Since 2009 he was appointed as expert of genetic toxicology in international committees for risk assessment; in particular he was member of the Expert panel on feed additives of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for three consecutive mandates. He is currently member of the Expert panel on Food additives and flavourings of EFSA and of the Committee for Risk Assessment of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). Since 2010 he is the Head of the Italian delegation to the Joint Meeting of the Environment, Health and Safety Programme of OECD and Italian National coordinator of the OECD Test Guideline Programme.
DNA damage and repair; Genetic toxicology; Mutagenesis and carcinogenesis