Michele De Luca
The Power List 2019 – Masters of the Bench
Michele de Luca
Director, Centre for Regenerative Medicine “Stefano Ferrari”, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
Michele has been involved in stem cell biology for regenerative medicines for over 30 years and is recognised as leading scientist in human squamous epithelial stem cell-mediated cell and gene therapy. Following on early work on the use of human epithelial stem cells for life-saving treatment of massive full-thickness burns, his pioneering work has been focused on ex-vivo epithelial stem cell-mediated gene therapy for genetic skin diseases. He has recently reported life-saving regeneration of the entire, fully functional, epidermis on a 7-year-old child suffering from a devastating, life-threatening form of Epidemolysis Bullosa (Nature, 2017).