Ariela Benigni received her Biological Science degree at the University of Milan, Italy and PhD at the Maastricht University. She is Head of Department of Molecular Medicine at the Mario Negri Institute, Bergamo. She was Associate Editor of Kidney International, Journal of Nephrology and International Journal of Artificial Organs. Her research interests involve mechanisms of progressive renal injury, regenerative medicine and stem cells, gene therapy. She is author of 230 scientific articles.