In the frame of our Visiting Professor Programme, financed by Regione Autonoma della Sardegna, the University of Cagliari hosts internationally famous Professors and Researchers from the most important Universities and Research Centres all over the world.

Here you can read about some of the Visiting Professors we are hosting during the Academic Year 2017/2018:


Prof. Ragnhild Helene Hennum – Universitetet i Oslo

Since 2004 Prof. Hennum has worked as associate professor in Public Law at the Department of Public and International Law.  She has carried out multidisciplinary research in Criminal law/procedure and Sociology of law on various subjects: evidence, sexualized violence, euthanasia, sentencing and forced marriages. At present she teaches criminal law and procedure.

In March 2018 she will be Visiting Professor in the frame of Prof. Silvia Benussi’s project “Political Institutions and gender based violence: a critical approach to evaluation and suitability of the Nordic model as a response to the phenomenon of prostitution” at the Department of Social and Institutional Science.


Prof. Olivier Manzoni – Institut de Neurobiologie de la Méditerranée (INMED)

Prof. Manzoni is the person in charge of the research team “Pathophysiology of Synaptic Plasticity”, which focuses on the role of hub proteins/supramolecular complexes in the etiology of neuropsychiatric diseases. His research strategy is to analyze the mechanisms and the functions of synaptic signalosome in neuronal integration in pathophysiological conditions using animal model of neuropsychiatric diseases (depression, mental retardation, autism, drug addiction).

Together with Prof. Miriam Melis (Department of Biomedical Science), he will work for the project “Multifactorial origin of developmental neuropsychiatric disorders: a focus on mesocorticolimbic pathways”.


Prof. Luciano Boi –  École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales

Prof. Boi is associate professor at Centre d’analyse et de mathématique sociales (CAMS), where he teaches Geometry, Scientific Theorization and Phylosophy of Nature.  His main research fields are Topology-Biology interfaces, Geometry-Physics interaction, Phenomenology and Geometry of spatial perception, Epistemology and History of Mathematical and Physical sciences in 19th and 20th centuries, relations between Mathematics and Arts.

As  Visiting Professor at the Department of Philology, Literature and Linguistics he will take charge of the project “Interlacing science and literature: inventing and narrating possible worlds, imagination, creativity and complexity from Leopardi to Borges” by Dr. Tatiana Cossu and Dr. Andrea Cannas.


Prof. Michel-Yves Perrin – École Pratique des Hautes Études

Prof. Perrin is Director of Studies in History and Doctrines of Latin Christianism (Religious Sciences Section). His research activity focuses on History of ancient Christianism, Historiography from ancient Christianism to modern and contemporary eras, History and Historiography of late antiquity, Christian Epigraphy, Cultural and Intellectual History of Antiquity, History of Traditions and Patristic heritage.

In April 2018 he will present the project “Christianity and Late Antiquity: The Christianization of culture” by Prof. Antonio M. Corda from the Department of History, Cultural and Territorial Heritage.


Prof. Matthias Angermeyer -Universität Leipzig

Prof. Angermeyer is Professor Emeritus at the Clinic and Policlinic of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy. He is internationally famous for his research activity in the field of stigma. In 2000 he founded with Manuela Richter-Werling a non-profit organization called “Irrsinnig Menschlich”, to help young people suffering from mental diseases. From 1995 to 2006 he was Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the same Department. 

In May 2018 he will join the project presented by Dr. Roberto Demontis (Department of Medical Science and Public Health), called “Suicide in Sardinia”.


Prof. Kyle Steenland – Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

Prof. Steenland is professor at the Faculty of Environmental Health. He works on pesticides in relation to neurodegenerative diseases, adult lead exposure and cancer, and PFOA and a variety of diseases.  He shows a special interest in epidemiologic methods.  He worked in Peru and other Andean countries in relation to environmental health.

At the Department of Medical Science and Public Health, in April 2018, he will be involved in the project “Advanced Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology”, on a proposal by Prof. Pierluigi Cocco.


Prof. Charles Hoppel – Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Prof. Hoppel is Professor Emeritus at the Department of Pharmacology. The main focus of his laboratory is mitochondrial fatty acid oxidation. His skills and expertise include Oxidative Phosphorylation, Skeletal Muscle, Muscle Mitochondria, Mitochondria, Mitochondria Isolation, Mitochondrial Diseases, Bioenergetics, Metabolism.

He will take charge of Dr. Raffaella Isola’s project (Department of Biomedical Science) “Mitochondria metabolism in heart in health and in disease”.


Prof. Marcello Lucia – City University of New York

Prof. Lucia is professor at the College of Staten Island and Graduate Center, where he teaches non-linear Analysis and Calculus.  His topics of research are the study of non-linear problems that arise in mathematical physics, differential geometry and in some models of chemotaxis, with emphasis on the question of existence and uniqueness of solutions.

He will be Visiting Professor with a project proposed by Prof. Antonio Greco (Department of Mathematics and Information Technology) entitled “Calculus of variations, isoperimetric inequalities, and eigenvalue problems”.


Prof. Wolfgang Knoll – AIT Austrian Institute of Technology

From 2008 until today, he’s co-managing as the scientific director the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology in Wien, Austria’s largest non-university research institute with more than 1260 members. The institute covers a broad range of activities in its Centers on Energy, Mobility Systems, Digital Safety and Security, Health and Bioresources, Low-Emission Transport, Vision, Automation, and Control, Technology Experience, and Innovation Systems & Policy. So far, he published more than 850 original papers, being one of the most famous researcher in the field of Material Science, biointerfaces and nanobiotechnologies.

With the project “DNA/ Aptamer Bio-Sensor Based on Organic Charge-Modulated FETs and Surface Plasmon Optics” by Prof. Piero Cosseddu from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering he will be Visiting Professor in June 2018.


Dr. Pietro Milillo – California Institute of Technology

Dr. Milillo is a Radar Scientist at the California Institute of Technology NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. His main interests are synthetic aperture radar (SAR) applications. In particular SAR Interferometry (InSAR), multi-temporal analysis, Cryosphere, Natural Hazards, Earth Science and Infrastructure Monitoring. In 2014 he received the NASA Group Achievement Award.

In the frame of the project “Data Analysis for Remote Health Monitoring of Urban Areas” by Prof. Augusto Montisci (Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering) he will be Visiting Professor in June 2018.


Dr. Alessandro Pandini – Brunel University London

Dr Pandini is lecturer at the Department of Computer Science. He is an expert in Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematical & Computational Biology, with a special interest in Molecular Modeling, Bioinformatics, Statistics, Computational Chemistry, Biomolecular Simulation, Computer aided drug Design, Biophysics.

Together with Prof. Paolo Ruggerone from the Department of Physics, he will take part in the project “Analysis of antimicrobial resistance in E. coli proteins by enhanced sampling molecular dynamics and residue coevolution”.


Prof. Christie Fowler – University of California, Irvine

Prof. Fowler is assistant professor at the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, and Director of the Fowler Lab – Neurobiology of Addiction, focused on defining the neurobiological mechanisms in the MHb-IPN circuitry and downstream targets that regulate drug reinforcement, maintenance of drug seeking behavior, and memory for drug-associated cues. Her overall research goals are centered on elucidating the neurobiological mechanisms underlying motivated behaviors and motivational deficits associated with neuropsychiatric disorders. From 2015 to present she is Associate Editor of The Journal of Neuroscience. 

In July 2018 she will focus on “Role of MHb-IPN pathway in nicotine addiction”, a project presented by Prof. Laura Dazzi from the Department of Environmental and Life Science.


Dr. Pranay Seshadri – University of Cambridge

Dr. Seshadri is a researcher at the Department of Engineering. He received his PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Cambridge in 2015. During his PhD he was a visiting student at the Mechanical Engineering department at Stanford University. His research focuses on uncertainty quantification and design in complex engineering systems (largely turbomachinery). He also works on techniques for sensitivity analysis (using polynomials) and dimension reduction (using ridge functions).

He will be Visiting Professor with a project proposed by Dr. Tiziano Ghisu (Department of Mechanical, Chemical and Material Engineering) entitled “Uncertainty Quantification for Industrial Problems using Computational Fluid Dynamics”.


Prof. Antoni Conejo da Pena – Universitat de Barcelona

Since 2009 Prof. Conejo da Pena has been professor of History of Arts,  specialized in History of Rome and late antiquity, Medieval Arts and History of performing Arts. Since 1996 he has been part of various research projects with local and state fundings. At the moment he is a researcher of the “Magna Ars” group and “MAHPA”. From 2011 he is the scientific coordinator of “Abrils de l’Hospital”, a scientific meeting organized every year by IRCVM about history and arts in hospitals.

At the Department of History, Cultural Heritage and Territory, in July 2018, he will be involved in the project “History of Hospitals and Care in the Crown of Aragona (13-15th centuries)”, on a proposal by Prof. Cecilia Tasca.


Prof. Augusto Angelini – Universidad Católica del Norte

Prof. Angelini is an associate professor of the ?Escuela de Arquitectura at Universidad Católica del Norte. He contributed to many international seminars about Modern Architecture, Chilean architecture, landscaping, museology and the work of Italians architects. He also was team leader in important architectural offices, like the studio of Sebastian Irarrazabal and Alejandro Aravena in Santiago, the studio of Claudio Fazzini in Milan and Armando dal Fabbro’s office in Venice. He carried out a research on the architecture design relating the form with the context, and the architecture with the cities and the landscape in which it is built.

With the project “Matter and places: theories and practices of reuse and rehabilitation design of “the already there” from the scale of internal spaces to the city one” by Dr. Pier Francesco Cherchi and Dr. Marco Lecis from the Department of Civil, Environmental Engineering and Architecture, he will be Visiting Professor in October 2017.


Prof. Simona Iammarino – London School of Economics and Political Science

Prof. Iammarino is Professor of Economic Geography in the Department of Geography and Environment. She is also an Affiliate Faculty Member at the Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI) – Social Science, L’Aquila, Italy. Her main research interests lie in the following areas: Multinational corporations, location and innovation strategies, and local impacts; Geography of innovation and technological change; Regional and local economic development and policy. She was co-editor of Regional Studies (2008-2013). She has co-authored two books widely cited in the literature: Multinational Corporations and European Regional Systems of Innovation (with J.A. Cantwell, 2003), and Multinationals and Economic Geography. Location, Technology, and Innovation (with P. McCann, 2013). She has long-term experience in projects for various international organisations (e.g. EU Commission, OECD, United Nations) and government agencies.

In March 2018 she will focus on “Global Investments and Regional Development Trajectories in Europe”, a project presented by Prof. Stefano Usai from the Department of Economics and Business Science.


Prof. William Mock – The John Marshall Law School

Prof Mock is professor of Law. Since joining the faculty of The John Marshall Law School, Professor Mock has served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Chair of the Faculty Executive Committee, and Chair of Strategic Planning. He founded the Center for International & Comparative Studies and its LLM programs in Comparative Legal Studies and International Business & Trade Law. He was the co-founder of the Journal of Computer and Information Law, has coached dozens of moot court teams, and has often served as faculty advisor for the International Law Society. Professor Mock’s publications are largely in the field of international law, including aspects of both transparency and game theory. Most recently, he published a book that he and an Italian law professor edited on the European Charter of Fundamental Rights.
From 2009-2011, he co-edited (with JMLS Professor Mark Wojcik) the “Year-in-Review” issue of the ABA’s publication, The International Lawyer.

He will be Visiting Professor with a project proposed by Prof. Prof. Gianmario Demuro (Department of Law) entitled “Fourth generation of fundamental rights”.


Prof. Richard Wanty – US Geological Survey
Prof Wanty has been research chemist with USGS since 1981.  His research interests center around environmental geochemistry, and coupling of geologic, hydrologic, and geochemical processes.  His current research topics include: landscape geochemistry and the relation between soil and ground-water geochemistry; geochemistry of mined or unmined mineral deposits and natural background geochemistry; geochemistry of non-traditional stable isotopes, especially those of iron, copper, and zinc.
He has delivered more than 150 lectures to scientific and professional societies, universities, and civic groups, in the USA and in Italy, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Japan, Sweden, Spain, New Zealand, China, and Scotland.
At the Department of Chemical and Geological Science, in May 2018, he will be involved in the project “Modelling metal-biosphere transfer processes”, on a proposal by Dr. Giovanni De Giudici.


Prof. Francesco D’Antonio – Arctic University of Norway
Prof. D’Antonio graduated from the Medical Faculty, University of Chieti, Italy and became specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 2005. He has a fellowship in fetal medicine from St. George’s University of London and a PhD from the University of Chieti. His current position is associate professor at the Institute of Clinical Medicine.
His main interests are fetal neurology and cardiology, multiple pregnancies and disorders of invasive placentation.
With the project “Intrapartum assessment of cerebroplacental Doppler to detect perinatal compromise in uncomplicated pregnancies” by Prof. Stefano Guerriero from the Department of Surgical Science, he will be Visiting Professor in October 2017.

Prof. Max Rapp Ricciardi – University of Gothenburg

Prof Rapp Ricciardi is associate professor at the Department of Psychology, and Research and Development Leader at Blekinge Kompetenscentrum. His main research areas are Neurosciences and Health Sciences (among medical sciences), Psychology and Economics and Business (among social sciences). He is actually involved as leader in a reasearch project in collaboration with Swedish Defense University about group development and leadership in multicultural settings, and in a study conducted at Volvo Car Corporation that regards Project Leadership qualities in innovation environments. 

He will be Visiting Professor with a project proposed by Dr. Barbara Barbieri (Department of Social and Institutional Science) entitled “Personality and driving forces among aspiring entrepreneurs”.


Prof. Bruno Briseghella – Fuzhou University

Prof. Briseghella is professor and Dean of the College of Civil Engineering and Founding Director of the “Sustainable and Innovative Engineering Research Center”. His main research activities have been focused on bridge and structural design, integral abutment bridges, earthquake engineering, durability, monitoring and retrofit of bridges, and steel and steel-concrete structures, both from the theoretical and experimental point of view. He has published more than 150 scientific papers in International Journals and Conferences. He is member of the IABSE e-learning Board, of the WC7 on “Sustainable Engineering”, of the FIB Task group 6.5 on “Precast Concrete Bridges”. In 2012 he was awarded as “China National Experts”.  In the last years he has been involved in outstanding projects such as the detail design of the new steel arch footbridge in Venice (general design of Santiago Calatrava), the new gates for the Panama Channel, the New Chernobyl (Ukraine) steel safe confinement, the steel roof of the Football World Cup Johannesburg Stadium. He has worked for the seismic retrofitting of Buildings and Bridges after the Earthquake in L’Aquila (2009, Italy) and Modena (2013, Italy).

In April 2018 he will focus on “Advanced Design of Complex Steel Structures under Static and Dynamic Loads”, a project presented by Dr. Luigi Fenu from the Department of Civil, Environmental Engineering and Architecture.


Dr. Christian de Ronde – Universidad de Buenos Aires

Dr. de Ronde is a CONICET researcher in the Faculty of Philology and Literature.

His research is mainly focused on the question of providing a coherent interpretation of quantum mechanics. He has several lines of investigation: mathematical and logical analysis of the orthodox formalism of quantum mechanics; philosophical analysis regarding the meaning and understanding of the representation of theories and phenomena; physical discussion and implementation of quantum experiments.

In May 2018 he will focus on “Logical and Epistemological aspects of non-separability in Quantum Mechanics”, a project presented by Prof. Hector Freytes from the Department of Pedagogy, Psicology, Philosophy.


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