Francesco Saverio Ambesi Impiombato CV

Prof. Francesco Saverio Ambesi Impiombato , M.D. is Full Professor of General Pathology at the Department of Medical and Biological Sciences of the Faculty of Medicine, at the University of Udine, where he is also coordinator of the PhD Programs in: “Clinical Sciences and Technologies” and “Cellular and Molecular Medicine” at the University of Udine. He is the Dean of the University of Udine School for Nurses and Dean of the University of Udine School for Laboratory Technicians. From 1986 to 1989 he served as Dean of the University of Udine Medical School.

Professor Ambesi has been granted 6 International patents over the span of his career.


From 1984 to 1987 was Guest Scientist at the Laboratory of Genetics, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda and at the Department of Chemical Immunology of

the Weitzman Institute of Science. In 1996 he was Visiting Scientist at the Laboratory of Biochemical Metabolism, Cell Regulation Section, NIDDKD, NIH, Bethesda.

Since 1981 he is a member of the "New York Academy of Sciences", and of the “American Society for Cell Biology” since 1982. From 2011 he is President of the Italian Society of Space Biomedicine and Biotechnology (ISSBB)”. At the "Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI)" he was National Project coordinator responsible of the “MoMa” grant, funded with 14.4 Billion Euro in 3 years.

Research interests

In the last 20 years, the main interest has been the obtainment, characterization and utilization of normal, continuous cell strains expressing in vitro their tissue-specific functions.

Most of the publications of this period deal with in-vitro studies on thyroid patho-physiology and on hormones and growth factors mechanisms of action, involving the use of the differentiated, epithelial thyroid follicular cell strain FRTL5, whose obtainment has been reported in 1980. Recently, FRTL5 are being employed in microgravity and space research.