Maurizio Iaccarino received his MD from the University of Naples in 1962 and an Honoris Causa degree in Biology in 1999. After some years at Stanford University, USA, and the University of Sussex, UK, he was appointed Director of the the International Institute of Genetics and Biophysics, Naples (1985- 1993), and Director of the Institute of Molecular Genetics, Alghero (1994-1995). In 1996 he became Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences at UNESCO (1996-March 2000), where he organized several intergovernmental Conferences, including the World Conference on Science (Hungary 1999), the World Solar Summit (Zimbabwe, 1996), and the Pan African Conference on Coastal Management (Mozambique, 1998).

Dr. Iaccarino has been actively involved in science management throughout his career. He has been a member of the National Committees for Evaluation of Research in Biology and Biotechnology, and has sat on evaluation boards of several international organizations (European Commission, EMBO, Human Frontier Science Program, and the British Council). He has served as a member of the EMBO Council and of the Board of Trustees of the Human Frontier Science Program.

His research interests include protein structure and characterization; DNA methylation; genetics and molecular biology of the Rhizobium-legume symbiosis.