PROFESSOR OF SURGERY
Laboratory of Experimental Surgery and Transplantation
Université catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain)
Professor Pierre Gianello, MD, PhD is born on November 5th, 1956 in Belgium.
He was awarded as Doctor in Medicine, Surgery and Obstetrics in 1981 at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain, Brussels, Belgium) and acquired his education in abdominal surgery at the Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc, Brussels (5y) and at the hospital de La Croix-Rousse, Lyon, France (1y). He completed his post-doc training (1991-1994) at the MGH, Harvard Medical School, Boston (USA), in the Transplant Biology Research Center managed by Prof. David Sachs. He obtained qualified teacher's diploma of the higher education in 1996 by defending the thesis “Study of the mechanisms of tolerance to primarily vascularized renal allografts in swine miniature”. In 1997, he became head of the Laboratory of Experimental Surgery and Transplantation at UCLouvain and in 2005, he obtained the title of full Professor. He was elected Dean of Research from 2006 to 2009 and Vice-Rector from 2009 up to 2011. He is today the general coordinator of Research of the Health Sciences Sector at UCL. Professor Gianello is a prize-winner of about ten scientific prizes and is the author of 228 publications concerning clinical works and basic research published in national or international scientific journals. His involvement in Xenotransplantation began in 1985 when, with G. Alexandre, they grafted the first pig kidney to monkey obtaining a survival of 23 days by using an immunosuppressive regimen for ABO incompatible patients. At TBRC, he was also involved in the xenotransplant program from D.H. Sachs. Since now 2000, the major interest of the laboratory is focused on pig islets, macroencapsulation, and correction of diabetes in pigs as well as of pig islet function and transgenesis. He is expert in transplantation, xenotransplantation, experimental surgery and biomaterials.