Francisco E. Baralle, Ph.D., Former Director-General, International Centre for Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology (Trieste, Italy)
Formerly Director-General, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (Trieste, Italy), Prof. Francisco E. Baralle gained his BSc and PhD in Chemistry at the University of Buenos Aires and his degree in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Naples. After completing his Ph.D. studies at the Department of Organic Chemistry, he transferred to the Instituto de Investigaciones Bioquimicas Fundacion Campomar directed by Prof. Luis F. Leloir. In 1974, he moved to the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK, where he worked in the Division directed by double Nobel laureate Dr. Frederick Sanger. From 1980 to 1990, he was University Lecturer of Pathology at Oxford and Fellow of Magdalen College. In 1980, he was elected member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO). In 1993, he was awarded the Platinum Konex Prize for Science and Technology (Argentina) as the best scientist of the decade in Genetic and Cytology and in 2001 he was elected Member of the Argentine Academy of Sciences. In September 1990, he was appointed Director of the Trieste Component of ICGEB and in 2004 became the Director-General of the institute.