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Pier Luigi Luisi

Professor Emeritus ETHZ at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and Author

Pier Luigi Luisi took a degree in Chemistry at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa and held internships in the USA (Oregon, Institute of Molecular biology) and the Soviet Union (Leningrad, Institute of Macromolecular science).

From 1971 to 2003 his professional career was spent at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich. He became a full professor of Macromolecular Chemistry in the Department of Material Science, where he directed the Biopolymers section. He has been carrying research into the mechanism of enzymes, and the self-organization and self-reproduction of synthetic and natural systems.

Subsequently, he focused on the origins of life and, later, on synthetic biology, that of minimal cells in particular. Prof. Luisi, when working at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, initiated in 1985 the Cortona-week, an interdisciplinary residential week in which graduate students were working together with artists, musicians, politicians, religious leaders, etc., with the aim of discovering new and broader horizons of life.

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See also: Academia Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) - Public research university for technology and science

Pier Luigi Luisi Creations

The Emergence of Life: From Chemical Origins to Synthetic Biology


The book gives an exhaustive treatment of the biophysical properties of vesicles written by Pier Luigi Luisi