Academic Department: 
Faculty Appointments: 

Professor of Pediatrics-Kwame Ohene-Frempong Chair on Sickle Cell Anemia
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute
July 2015 – Present (10 months)
Weill Cornell Medical College
Adjunct Professor of Genetic Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College
2015 – 2015 (less than a year)
Weill Cornell Medical College
Associate Professor of Genetic Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College
2008 – 2015 (7 years)
Weill Cornell Medical College
Assistant Professor of Genetic Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College
2002 – 2008 (6 years)

Office Location: 

ARC 316B




I have long-term expertise in the pathophysiology and genetics of several murine models of hematopoiesis-, inflammation- and iron-related disorders, and in the use of lentiviral vectors for modulation of gene expression and gene transfer for the cure of hemoglobinopathies. After having established the first therapeutic lentiviral vector carrying the ß-globin gene and the mouse model of adult lethal Cooley’s anemia or ß-thalassemia major, my studies focused on generating new lentiviral vectors for treatment of the hemoglobinopathies and to evaluate their ability to correct the hemoglobin synthesis in human cells as well as in mice affected by ß-thalassemia.

I characterized the role of seminal factors contributing to the morbidity and mortality in ß-thalassemia, Polycythemia vera, hemochromatosis and in anemia of inflammation, such as such hepcidin, intereleukin-2 and ferroportin, the phosphokinase Jak2 and macrophages. Based on some of these studies, I have developed or contributed to the characterization of novel therapeutics.


1991 Prize for Italy's best University Thesis - Italian Genetics Institute (AGI)
1994 Prize for the best poster - International Symposium on Genomic Imprinting and New Approaches in the Identification and Mapping of Genetic Syndromes, Florence, Italy
2002 T. Ray Bradley First Prize for New Investigator Award - International Society of Experimental Hematology (ISEH)
2015 Sultan bin Khalifa International Thalassemia Award - Innovative Medical Research Award - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


University of Pavia, 1990.
University of Pavia, 1999.

Postdoc: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

2002- Assistant Professor of Genetic Medicine in Pediatrics, Weill Cornell Medical College

2008- Associate Professor of Genetic Medicine, Weill Cornell Graduate School and Weill Cornell Graduate School

2015- Adjunct Professor of Genetic Medicine in Pediatrics, Weill Cornell Medical College

2015- Professor of Pediatrics, Children Hospital of Philadelphia - CHOP

2015- Kwame Ohene-Frempong endowed Chair in Pediatric Hematology - CHOP

2015- Member of the Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Group (CAMB)

Selected Publications

Yien Yvette Y, Gnanapragasam Merlin Nithya, Gupta Ritama, Rivella Stefano, Bieker James J: Alternative splicing of EKLF/KLF1 in murine primary erythroid tissues. Experimental hematology 43(1): 65-70, Jan 2015.

Guimarães Jacqueline S, Cominal Juçara G, Silva-Pinto Ana Cristina, Olbina Gordana, Ginzburg Yelena Z, Nandi Vijay, Westerman Mark, Rivella Stefano, de Souza Ana Maria: Altered erythropoiesis and iron metabolism in carriers of thalassemia. European journal of haematology Oct 2014.

Zhang Xin, Campreciós Genís, Rimmelé Pauline, Liang Raymond, Yalcin Safak, Mungamuri Sathish Kumar, Barminko Jeffrey, D'Escamard Valentina, Baron Margaret H, Brugnara Carlo, Papatsenko Dmitri, Rivella Stefano, Ghaffari Saghi: FOXO3-mTOR metabolic cooperation in the regulation of erythroid cell maturation and homeostasis. American journal of hematology 89(10): 954-63, Oct 2014.

Deng Wulan, Rupon Jeremy W, Krivega Ivan, Breda Laura, Motta Irene, Jahn Kristen S, Reik Andreas, Gregory Philip D, Rivella Stefano, Dean Ann, Blobel Gerd A: Reactivation of developmentally silenced globin genes by forced chromatin looping. Cell 158(4): 849-60, Aug 2014.

Kautz Léon, Jung Grace, Valore Erika V, Rivella Stefano, Nemeth Elizabeta, Ganz Tomas: Identification of erythroferrone as an erythroid regulator of iron metabolism. Nature genetics 46(7): 678-84, Jul 2014.

Suragani Rajasekhar N V S, Cawley Sharon M, Li Robert, Wallner Samantha, Alexander Mark J, Mulivor Aaron W, Gardenghi Sara, Rivella Stefano, Grinberg Asya V, Pearsall R Scott, Kumar Ravindra: Modified activin receptor IIB ligand trap mitigates ineffective erythropoiesis and disease complications in murine β-thalassemia. Blood 123(25): 3864-72, Jun 2014.

Martin Leenus, Grigoryan Arsen, Wang Ding, Wang Jinhua, Breda Laura, Rivella Stefano, Cardozo Timothy, Gardner Lawrence B: Identification and characterization of small molecules that inhibit nonsense-mediated RNA decay and suppress nonsense p53 mutations. Cancer research 74(11): 3104-13, Jun 2014.

Crielaard Bart J, Rivella Stefano: β-Thalassemia and Polycythemia vera: targeting chronic stress erythropoiesis. The international journal of biochemistry & cell biology 51: 89-92, Jun 2014.

Bystrom Laura M, Rivella Stefano: Cancer cells with irons in the fire. Free radical biology & medicine May 2014.

Breda Laura, Rivella Stefano: Modulators of erythropoiesis: emerging therapies for hemoglobinopathies and disorders of red cell production. Hematology/oncology clinics of North America 28(2): 375-86, Apr 2014.