Dr. Bellipanni received formal undergraduate education in Molecular Biology and graduate training in Cellular and Developmental Biology at University of Palermo, Italy, he completed post-doctorate research at the University of Pennsylvania and at the Institute of Developmental Genetics at the GSF-National Research Center for Environmental and Health, Munich (Germany). Starting 2004 Dr. Bellipanni was a research faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, then he moved in 2008 to Temple University as instructor and as principal investigator in the Sbarro Institute.
The research in Dr. Bellipanni laboratory focus on mechanisms of zebrafish embryonic development and cancer induction and growth by studying the role of beta-catenin activity in the nucleus as central regulator of canonical-Wnt signaling. His laboratory also uses the zebrafish to model some aspects of nociception. The laboratory applies modern molecular-genetic approaches like CRISPR/Cas9 site-direct mutagenesis and transposon-based transgenics. As an instructor at Temple University Dr. Bellipanni has been teaching General Biochemistry courses, Developmental Biology, Evo-Devo, and Systems Biology courses. More recently he established the Temple-Sicily Program, that is a summer study-abroad program where students can learn about the use of biotechnologies for the conservation of ancient artwork and manufacts belonging to our cultural heritage. https://studyabroad.temple.edu/sites/temple-summer-in-sicily