Mauro (born in Italy) obtained his MSc (summa cum laude with honours) in Medical Biotechnology and Molecular Medicine at University of Palermo, Italy in 2006 and his PhD in Experimental Cardiovascular Medicine at University of Bristol, England in 2010. He worked as postdoctoral fellow at Yale University School of Medicine, USA and at Heidelberg University, Germany.
Mauro joined the IVS in 2016 and his research interests lie in understanding the molecular mechanisms controlling endothelial cell function and how their alterations contribute to the development of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases (atherosclerosis, hypertension, diabetes). Ongoing studies investigate the relevance and mechanisms of action of small open reading frame-encoded microproteins following endothelial cell activation in cardiovascular disease and vascular repair, as well as eNOS/NO signaling in the “epigeNOmic” regulation of gene expression in the endothelium. Mauro contributes to the lectures and practical courses of the MSc in Molecular Medicine at Goethe University since 2016 and teaches the post-graduate course “Basic principles and current methods in vascular biology” since 2019. Mauro serves as Council member (2017-present) and Secretary (2019-present) of the European Vascular Biology Organization.
Mauros research interests focus on the role of cytochrome P450/ soluble epoxide hydrolase in lipid metabolism, and in particularly on the role of the omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (commonly known as fish oil) in angiogenesis and diabetic related cardiovascular diseases. Jiongs scientific input is also been continuously recognized by the international scientific society as he was awarded several highly prestigious scientific awards, i.e., Rudi-Busse Young Investigator Award in 2014, Hermann-Rein-Prize in 2014, GOAP Research Award in 2015, Oskar-Lapp-Forschungspreis in 2018, Dr. Paul und Cilli Weill-Stiftung-Preis in 2018.