Giuseppe Testa is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Dresden/Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics. He received his MD in 1996 from the University of Perugia in Italy with a thesis on molecular immunology. Research experiences during his medical training included retroviral gene therapy (Columbia University) and HIV-mediated immunological breakdown (Clinical Research Centre, UK). He obtained his PhD at EMBL in 2001 working on new genome engineering strategies to model leukemia in the mouse. He then went on to receive in 2002 the European Doctorate in Biotechnology, awarded by the European Association for Higher Education in Biotechnology for excellence of research in the field of biotechnology.
Since 1999 he has been an active member of EMBL's Science and Society committee, for which he mediated, in 2000, an in-house discussion on the scientific and social aspects of human cloning. He recently launched and is currently Chair of the Dresden Forum on Science and Society at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, a multidisciplinary initiative aiming at promoting public awareness and fostering an informed dialogue on the social and economic implications of contemporary life sciences.