Paolo M. Fortina, MD, PhD

Contact Dr. Fortina

233 South 10th Street
BLSB 1009
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 955-0683
(215) 503-9142 fax

Medical School

MD, University of Turin School of Medicine, Turin, Italy - 1984


Research Fellow, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA - 1986-1988


PhD, University of Turin School of Medicine, Turin, Italy - 1991

Other Qualifications

Editorial Board: Molecular and Cellular Probes, 1994-2006
Section Editor: European Journal of Human Genetics, 1997-present
Communicating Editor: Human Mutation, 2000-present
Communicating Editor: Human Genomics and Proteomics, 2008-present
Board of Editor: Clinical Chemistry, 2011-present
Editorial Advisory Board: American Journal of Hematology, 2011-present

University Appointments
2011-present, Professor of Medical Oncology, Department of Medical Oncology
2006- present, Professor of Cancer Biology, Department of Cancer Biology
2002-2006, Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine

Other Appointments
2002-present, Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
2002-present, Member, College of Biomedical Sciences, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

Hospital & Administrative Appointments
2006-present   Director, Cancer Genomics Laboratory, Kimmel Cancer Center, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
2002-2006, Director, Laboratory for Applied Genomics, Department of Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

Editorial Positions & Activities in Professional Organizations
2013, IFCC Education, Management Division Executive Committee (EMD-EC) member
2011, Editorial Advisory Board: Clinical Chemistry
2011, Editorial Advisory Board: American Journal of Hematology
2007, Member of Editorial Board: Human Genomics and Proteomics
2000, Communicating Editor: Human Mutation
1997, Section Editor: European Journal of Human Genetics
1994-06, Editorial Advisory Board: Molecular and Cellular Probes

Expertise & Research Interests

My research focus is in genomics to define disease-causing mutations and to create novel diagnostic and treatment options. My work has involved studies of human gene expression in normal and disease states and detection of nucleic acid alterations. Early work focused on the expression of globin genes in normal subjects and patients with various thalassemia syndromes. I contributed also to the identification of the connexin 26 gene as the cause of autosomal recessive neurosensory deafness, and to the development of the OLA-PCR cystic fibrosis diagnostic panel commercialized by Applied Biosystems/Life Technologies (Foster City, CA). Additional efforts were spent in the design, development and testing of microfabricated micro-chambers on silicon glass chips for performing different types of biochemical reactions including PCR, RT-PCR, DOP-PCR and capillary electrophoresis as well as development of integrated microdevices combining front-end sample preparation with the various analytical modules (array chip). Through a number of research-sponsored agreements with biotech companies, I was involved in developing a thermal gradient chip with Hitachi, a 4-color scanner and arrayer, participated in array-based sequencing-by-hybridization of the APC and NF1 genes with Callida Genomics (Sunnyvale, CA), and contributed with Affymetrix (Santa Clara, CA) to developing a protocol for simultaneous typing of SNPs in chromosomal regions associated with pediatric neuroblastoma. My work also has focused on mRNA expression profiling for the retinoblastoma pathway in breast cancer patients. Currently, I am involved in studies of X-linked mental retardation and transcriptome analysis of platelets in patients with heparin induced-thrombocytopenia and in individuals with enhanced platelet aggregation phenotype. Follow-up of these studies, including work on long and short non-coding RNA and whole-genome and exome sequencing (WGS and WES) are performed using next-generation sequencing (NGS) approaches.


Micro- and nanotechnology, next-generation sequencing, whole transcriptome, long and short non coding RNA, exome sequencing, cancer genetics, applied genomics.


English, Italian (native speaker)