Human technopole Milan

Highlights

  • Introducing Craig Glastonbury

    Craig Glastonbury is a geneticist with a background in Machine Learning applied to biological problems. His group’s core scientific interest is to understand the genetic and mechanistic basis of complex diseases. To do this, Craig combines the latest developments in Machine Learning with large scale genomic and clinical datasets, with a specific focus on histopathology and […]

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  • Jug Group awarded CZI grants to support advancement of imaging technologies

    Members of the Jug Group, Florian Jug, Joran Deschamps and Christopher Schmied, have been awarded two $20.000 grants for the creation of napari plugins. The grants are awarded by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) as part of a wider effort to advance technologies and expand global access to bioimaging. napari is a community-built software used to view […]

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  • 2021 Early Career Fellowship Programme call published

    Selections are now open for the 2021 Early Career Fellowship Programme! The initiative is aimed at young, talented researchers interested in starting their independent research activity at an Italian institute or university. Each fellow will be funded with a 200.000 euro/year grant to develop innovative projects in the life sciences. Applications are reviewed based on […]

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Research at HT

Our research strategy for 2020–2024 covers five complementary and highly relevant areas for biomedical and health-related research.

Our objectives and activities for the upcoming five years are detailed in our multi-annual Strategic Plan, drafted by our scientific leadership.

Improving human health and well-being is the ultimate goal of biomedical sciences. We need to prevent and cure diseases to allow people of all ages to not only live longer, but also live better.

Scientific research shows that health, aging and well-being are influenced by a combination of individual factors, linked to a person’s genetics, and external factors, such as lifestyle and the environment in which we live. Traditional approaches to disease treatment based on the analysis of symptoms and focused on individual organs are no longer considered sufficient.

A new approach to human health research is being developed, based on personalised treatments, tailor made for each patient.

Thanks to a global and interdisciplinary study of human biology, Human Technopole’s research is aimed at understanding the mechanisms at the basis of various human diseases, leveraging the technological advances of the last decade and the enormous amount of biological, clinical and socio-economic data currently available to improve our healthcare systems and our overall quality of life.

Work with us

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We offer the opportunity to be part of a new, dynamic research institute promoting a highly collaborative and international working environment.

We aim to attract the best resources in each field with a selection based on merit and transparency as we believe that highly diverse teams produce the best and most innovative results.

If you are a passionate person who likes to seize great challenges, consider applying for one of our scientific or administrative vacancies. 

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  • Introducing Craig Glastonbury

    Craig Glastonbury is a geneticist with a background in Machine Learning applied to biological problems. His group’s core scientific interest is to understand the genetic and mechanistic basis of complex diseases. To do this, Craig combines the latest developments in Machine Learning with large scale genomic and clinical datasets, with a specific focus on histopathology and […]

    Read more
  • Jug Group awarded CZI grants to support advancement of imaging technologies

    Members of the Jug Group, Florian Jug, Joran Deschamps and Christopher Schmied, have been awarded two $20.000 grants for the creation of napari plugins. The grants are awarded by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) as part of a wider effort to advance technologies and expand global access to bioimaging. napari is a community-built software used to view […]

    Read more
  • Science Day: Iain Mattaj reveals the new HT space for Eva Mameli Calvino

    To celebrate World Science Day, HT Director Iain Mattaj shares the new space on HT Campus dedicated to Eva Mameli Calvino, the first female Professor of Botany in Italy. She dedicated her life to the study of plants, including their genetics, and she imported the first palms trees, kiwis and grapefruits to the country. The […]

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  • What Goes Through Our Heads: The Frontiers Of Neurogenomics

    In the context of the Festival delle Scienze, Prof. Giuseppe Testa shares the latest developments in the world of neuroscience through the story of the creation of the Neurogenomics Research Centre of Human Technopole: its innovative features, the profiles of excellence of its researchers and the use and development of organoids. The event took place […]

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  • Understanding Cells. The Challenge Of Genomics

    The genome is an important ally of predictive medicine: its study allows to understand the role of genetic components in various pathologies and to implement preventive actions. In the context of the Festival delle Scienze, Nicole Soranzo, Head of Human Technopole Genomics Research Centre, and Stefano Gustincich, head of the 5000genomi@VdA project, talk about this new […]

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  • Supporting The National Research Community

    In the context of the Festival delle Scienze, Prof. Iain Mattaj, Director of HT and Prof. Nicole Soranzo, Head of the Genomics Research Centre – Population & Medical Genomics Programme, share an update on Human Technopole’s research activity and upcoming plans to collaborate with the national community on the creation of population cohorts to support genomics […]

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  • 2021 Early Career Fellowship Programme call published

    Selections are now open for the 2021 Early Career Fellowship Programme! The initiative is aimed at young, talented researchers interested in starting their independent research activity at an Italian institute or university. Each fellow will be funded with a 200.000 euro/year grant to develop innovative projects in the life sciences. Applications are reviewed based on […]

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  • HT Workshop: Deep learning for microscopy image analysis

    Our second scientific workshop, organised by the Jug Group, will take place virtually from 22 to 26 November 2021. The workshop will see the participation of Florian Jug, Head of HT Image Analysis Facility alongside Anna Kreshuk (EMBL) (not confirmed), Alexander Krull (University of Birmingham), Loïc Royer (CZ Biohub), Virginie Uhlmann (EMBL-EBI) and Martin Weigert […]

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  • First Early Career Fellows announced

    The winners of the first call of the Early Career Fellowship Programme promoted by Human Technopole have been selected: five young researchers, three women and two men, all Italian nationals coming from abroad (US, Austria, Germany and Switzerland). Each will be funded with a 200.000 euro/year grant to develop innovative projects in the life sciences. The initiative, which foresees an overall investment […]

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Roadmap

  • Expo

    10/2015 – EXPO Milan 2015

    EXPO Milan 2015 comes to an end after six months and millions of visitors. Ongoing discussions between the Italian Government and local institutions continue to decide the future use of the area. The aim is to identify a project in continuity with EXPO’s legacy in terms of sustainability, health and opportunities for young people.
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    11/2015 – An executive project for Human Technopole

    A government decree gives mandate to the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) in collaboration with local institutions, research centres and hospitals to develop a scientific proposal and an executive project for Human Technopole in the area which hosted EXPO Milan 2015.
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    09/2016 – The Human Technopole project is definitively approved via a government decree

    The Human Technopole project is definitively approved via a government decree. Two entities are established: the Project Structure and the Coordination Committee with the task of guiding and supervising the initial phase of the project until the establishment of the Human Technopole Foundation within the next 24 months.
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    12/2016 – Budget Law for 2017

    The Italian Parliament approves the Budget Law for 2017. The law allocates long-term financial resources to the Human Technopole project.
  • Sito EXPO 2015, Stato dei lavori; Padiglioni in costruzione; Area del Palazzo Italia, dettaglio cartello segnaletica (Nicola Marfisi/Fotogramma, Milano - 2014-10-10) p.s. la foto e' utilizzabile nel rispetto del contesto in cui e' stata scattata, e senza intento diffamatorio del decoro delle persone rappresentate

    31/03/2017 – Plan for the Human Technopole campus

    The Project Structure and the Coordination Committee approve the plan for the Human Technopole Campus.
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    07/2017 – Call for HT Director

    The search for the first Human Technopole Director is launched. The 46 candidates are evaluated by an international commission chaired by Prof. Martin Chalfie, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 2008.
  • 09/2017 – Men at work in Palazzo Italia

    The renovation works for Palazzo Italia begin.
  • 12/2017 – Human Technopole staff takes office in the building

    The fourth floor of Palazzo Italia is operational and a first round of Human Technopole staff takes office in the building.
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    03/2018 – Statute of the Human Technopole Foundation

    The Statute of the Human Technopole Foundation is approved by decree of the President of the Council of Ministers.
  • Marco Simoni

    05/2018 – First members of Human Technopole’s Supervisory Board

    The first members of Human Technopole’s Supervisory Board, including the President Prof. Marco Simoni are nominated. The Supervisory Board is the governing and controlling body of the Foundation.
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    06/2018 – Iain Mattaj becomes first Director of Human Technople

    The Supervisory Board nominates Prof. Iain Mattaj as first Human Technopole Director. Prof. Mattaj takes on the role after 13 years at the head of EMBL, the European Laboratory for Molecular Biology.
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    10/2018 – Management Committee

    The Supervisory Board appoints the four members of the Management Committee, a body chaired by the Director and responsible for ensuring the orderly progress and achievements of the Foundation’s objectives.
  • Iain Mattaj

    31/01/2019 – Director Mattaj takes office at Palazzo Italia

    Director Mattaj takes office at Palazzo Italia together with the first administrative managers including the Head of Operations and the Head of Strategy & Scientific Affairs.
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    05/2019 – Tender for new HT building is announced

    The call for tenders for the design of the new Human Technopole building, the headquarters of the institute’s laboratories, is announced.
  • 10/2019 – The first seven scientists that will lead the first research centre

    Human Technopole announces the first seven scientists that will lead the first research centres: five Italians and two foreigners. For many of them HT is the first work experience in Italy after building their careers in some of the best international research centres.
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    11/2019 – Prime Minister Conte at Palazzo Italia

    At the presence of Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Palazzo Italia is officially inaugurated as the institutional headquarters of Human Technopole, following the completion of complex renovation works.
  • 30/11/2019 – Scientific Advisory Board

    The Scientific Advisory Board, responsible for the evaluation of the Foundation’s scientific activity is nominated. Chair of the Board is Walter Ricciardi and its members include internationally renowned scientists.
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    01/2020 – HT new logo and corporate identity

    Human Technopole has a new logo and a new corporate identity which symbolise the Foundation’s mission and values.
  • COVID 19

    03/2020 – COVID 19: HT accelerates its research activity

    To tackle the global health emergency, Human Technopole accelerates its research activity by launching projects and collaborations with some of Italy’s main scientific research institutes and contribute to the fight against Covid19.
  • New building

    03/04/2020 – A new building for scientific research

    The winning project for the design of the new Human Technopole building is presented during an online press conference. Ten floors high, over 16,500 square meters dedicated to laboratories for scientific research and 3,000 square meters of terraces and green spaces, are at the heart of the winning project.
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    06/2020 – OPEN HT: open doors to the Italian research community

    HT virtually opens its doors to representatives of the scientific community: over 200 Italian actors in the field of life sciences, including representatives of all Italian universities and IRCCS and of the main research centres and institutes attend the event. Minister of University and Research, Prof. Gaetano Manfredi gives a keynote speech.
  • Mission Human Technopole

    10/2020 – From HT five million euro for young researchers

    In collaboration with the Italian Ministry of University and Research, HT launches the first edition of the Early Career Fellowship Programme: an initiative to give five young researchers the opportunity to compete for a grant worth 200.000 euro per year for five years, for an overall investment of 5 million euro.
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    11/2020 – Leaders of the Genomics Research Centre announced

    Geneticists Nicole Soranzo and Piero Carninci will respectively lead on Population and Medical Genomics and on Functional Genomics.
  • 02/2021 – Incubator labs

    Construction works for the incubator labs are completed.
  • 04/2021 – North & South Pavilion works are completed

    Originally built for Expo Milano 2015 they will now host research lab and facility spaces
  • 05/2021 – Celebrating innovators on the streets of MIND

    The Cardo, Human Technopole headquarters, is dedicated to Rita Levi-Montalcini, Nobel prize for Medicine
  • 05/2021 – Our first 100 employees

    Human Technopole reaches its first 100 employees
  • 05/2021 – CryoEM microscopes installed

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    12/2021 – Recruitment of scientific and administrative staff

    The recruitment of scientific and administrative staff continues by the end of 2021, approximately 250 scientists will work for Human Technopole.
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    02/2022 – Experimental laboratories open

    The first experimental laboratories open within the incubator labs built in the area adjacent to the Tree of Life.
  • 03/2022 – Cryo-EM facility

    The Cryo-EM facility is operational.
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    10/2026 – Construction of South Building

    Construction of South Building is complete.
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