Stefano Rivella, Ph.D.

Dr. Rivella is a Professor of Pediatrics with tenure at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania and holds the Kwame Ohene-Frempong Chair on Sickle Cell Anemia. After he completed his studies at the University of Pavia, in Italy, and did his postdoctoral work at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, he opened his laboratory at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, where he was Director of the Stanley Jaffe Gene Therapy Lab. Dr. Rivella is an expert in the pathophysiology of erythroid and iron disorders and in the generation of lentiviral vectors for the cure of hemoglobinopathies and has been providing expertise on mouse models important for red blood cell and macrophage biology as well as inflammation and iron metabolism to many US laboratories and pharmaceuticals interested in learning these subjects and/or testing new drugs. As such he has collaborated or provided consultation to many companies, biotechs and pharmaceuticals, such as Rana Therapeutics, Keryx Pharmaceuticals, Nektar Therapeutics, Novartis Pharmaceutical, Ionis Pharmaceutical, Merganser Biotech, Bayer Pharmaceutical, Megenics LLC, Biomarin Pharmaceutical, and Alexion Pharmaceutical. He is presently also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) of Merganser Biotech and Ionis Pharmaceutical.