Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School

Platelet Production from Megakaryocytes

March 19, 2020

Joseph E. Italiano Jr. is Associate Professor of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, USA and Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA. He is also an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Department of Surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital. Italiano received his bachelor of science degree from The College of New Jersey, USA, in 1992. He received his doctoral degree from Florida State University, USA, in cell biology. After completing postdoctoral training in hematology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, he joined the faculty at Harvard Medical School.

​He is the recipient of a number of NIH grants. His awards and honors include the American Society of Hematology Scholar Award and American Heart Foundation Scientist Development Grant.

Italiano’s scientific interests have long focused on megakaryocyte and platelet biology. His early research focused on using live cell microscopy to identify the basic principles of platelet production. In particular, his efforts have contributed to improved understanding of the biochemical and molecular mechanisms underlying platelet biogenesis. More recently, his research efforts have focused on understanding the non-hemostatic roles of platelets under physiological and pathological conditions.


megakaryocyte, platelet, thrombopoiesis, cytoskeleton

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