Maria Cristina Messa

Maria Cristina Messa (born 8 October 1961) is an Italian doctor and academic, Minister of University and Research in the government of Mario Draghi.

Maria Cristina Messa
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Minister of University and Research
In office
13 February 2021 – 22 October 2022
Prime MinisterMario Draghi
Preceded byGaetano Manfredi
Succeeded byAnna Maria Bernini
Personal details
Born (1961-10-08) 8 October 1961 (age 61)
Monza, Lombardy, Italy
Political partyIndependent
Alma materUniversity of Milan


Early and personal LifeEdit

Born in Monza, she grew up in Milan, in Via Leopardi. She is married to Paolo, a doctor, and has two children. As of 2019, Beatrice, the elder, studies languages at the University of Milan and Giorgio, younger by five years, attends the scientific high school.[1][2]


Graduated with honours in Medicine and Surgery (1986) with a speciality in Nuclear Medicine (1989) from the University of Milan.[3]

She carried out several periods of study in the United States and England.[4]

After a research experience at San Raffaele in Milan, she became associate professor at the University of Milano-Bicocca in 2001 and full professor in 2013. She was director of the complex operating unit of nuclear medicine at the San Gerardo Hospital [it] in Monza (from 2005 to 2012), of the Molecular Bioimaging Centre (now part of the Technomed Foundation) at the University of Milano-Bicocca, and director of the Department of Health Sciences at the same university (2012–2013).[5]

From 2013 to 2019 she was rector of the Bicocca University, the first woman to hold this position at a Milanese university and the fourth in Italy. As a member of the Council of the Conference of Italian University Rectors (CRUI), she was in charge of Research. As rector, she was president of the first Italian inter-university foundation, U41 (since 2017) and a member of the Coordination Committee of Human Technopole [it]. Among her various institutional positions, she was Vice-President of CNR from 2011 to 2015.

She also had several roles at European level. Since 2013, she was the Italian MIUR delegate in the Horizon 2020 programme. [6] She appears in the Top 2% Scientists list of Stanford University for number of publications and citations, together with about four thousand researchers based in Italy out of the total 159,684 listed.[7]


  1. ^ "La nuova trincea dei ragazzi della classe '99". Il Sole 24 ORE (in Italian). Retrieved 2021-02-13.
  2. ^ "La rettrice della Bicocca: "Come ce l'ho fatta in questo sistema maschilista"". la Repubblica (in Italian). 2019-03-08. Retrieved 2021-02-13.
  3. ^ Giorno, Il. "Svolta "rosa" in Bicocca Il nuovo rettore è donna". Il Giorno (in Italian). Retrieved 2021-02-13.
  4. ^ "curriculum_vitae_cristina_messa_it" (PDF).{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "Ricerca e industria, la nuova frontiera della medicina nucleare". Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca (in Italian). Retrieved 2021-02-13.
  6. ^ "APRE - Agenzia per la Promozione della Ricerca Europea - Rappresentanti Comitato H2020". Retrieved 2021-02-13.
  7. ^ "51 ricercatori di Bicocca nella World Ranking Scientists". Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca (in Italian). 2021-01-07. Retrieved 2021-02-13.