Roberto D. Fanganiello is a geneticist and stem cell biologist. He is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Dental Medicine of Universié Laval and the principal investigator at the Laboratory of Regenerative Biology and Bioengineering, at the Oral Ecology Research Group (Le GREB) of Université Laval, in Québec City, Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Biology from the University of Sao Paulo, a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Human Molecular Genetics from the Department of Genetics and Evolution at the University of Sao Paulo and the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at the Yale University School of Medicine. He further completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Tissue Bioengineering and Regenerative Medicine from the Institute of Biosciences and the Human Genome and Stem Cell Research Center at the University of Sao Paulo. His main areas of research are molecular genetics, biochemical pathways and cellular events underpinning human craniofacial dysmorphologies, genetic counselling for patients with craniofacial syndromes, musculoskeletal/bone tissue bioengineering based on adult stem cells in association with biomimetic scaffolds and molecular dissection of stem cell differentiation signalling pathways.
Roberto is an active member of the International Society for Cellular Therapy (ISCT), International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR), International Association for Dental Research (IADR), the Québec Cell, Tissue and Gene Therapy Network (ThéCell) and the International Anaplastology Association (IAA, where he served on the board of directors for 4 years). He is a strong supporter and advocate of science outreach initiatives for public knowledge, understanding, awareness and engagement with science and technology, such as the ASHG DNA day essay contest, the ISCT Patient Advocacy task force, ISCT presidential task force on the use of unproven cellular therapies, Walter Spohn Educational Fund, and the New York Academy of Sciences STEM scholars program.
Roberto believes that innovation based on science and technology propels economic growth, and that academia is an infinite reservoir of potential products, processes and services, with enormous potential to make a difference when properly delivered to the market. As a scientific and strategic consultant for public and private sector initiatives, Roberto assists companies in responding to opportunities created by the rapid advance of scientific and technological knowledge.