Dr Franco Buonaguro

Dr Buonaguro is the Director of Molecular Biology and Viral Oncology Unit, in the Department of Experimental Oncology at the National Cancer Institute 'Fondazione Pascale', Naples - Italy.

Dr Buonaguro has worked on various aspects of cancer pathogenesis including chemical, physical and viral carcinogenesis. His current research area is mainly focused on pathogen-associated cancers, including HPV and genital cancers, HHV-8 and Kaposi’s sarcoma, HBV/HCV and liver cancer.

Dr Buonaguro gained his doctoral degree from Frederick II University in Naples and has subsequently worked in Chicago, at Argonne National Laboratory, and in Seattle, at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. He was a recipient of WHO Fellowship in 1983; and has served as WHO Virology Consultant of WHO/ UNAIDS Network for HIV Isolation and Characterization (since 1996) and WHO HPV DNA International Collaborative Study Group (2003).

He is also currently Director of the East Africa AIDS Research Center in Uganda, established by the World Laboratory, Geneva.