Joint Distinguished Professor, NYU Abu Dhabi-NYU New York; Professor of Biology and Director, Center for Genomics and Systems Biology, NYU New York; NYU Abu Dhabi Provost, 2010-2020.
Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: Laurea, University of Florence; B.A., M.S., M.Phil., Ph.D., Biology, New York University; Post-Doctoral Fellow: Damon-Runyon Cancer Research Fellow, Cornell University
Research Websites: Piano Lab
Research Areas: Systems Biology; Reproduction, Development and Metabolism; Evolution; Chemical Genetics; C. elgans and Nematodes
Fabio's research interests span genomics, systems biology, chemical genetics and evolution of development using C. elegans and related nematodes. His NY and AD labs use these models to study the genetic and molecular mechanisms of living systems. He is a co-PI or collaborator on several research projects, including the Healthy Future Studies in the Public Health Research Center; and several in NYUAD's Center for Genomics and Systems Biology. He has also been actively involved in COVID-19 public health research and response.
He has been PI on numerous grants and fellowships from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including ModEncode from NHGRI; the American Cancer Society; the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation for research in embryonic development and genomics; the Gladys Mateyko Award for Excellence in Biology; and the James Arthur Fellowship.
Academic Leadership and Recognition
A founder of the Center for Genomics and Systems Biology at NYU, New York, Fabio served as its inaugural Director from 2007-2014, responsible for its vision and initial development, culminating in the recruitment of faculty and in its flagship facility. In 2022, while being a Distinguished Joint Faculty in Abu Dhabi, he began to serve as New York’s CGSB Director again.
From 2010-2020, Fabio was NYUAD’s Provost, an appointment that followed two years of serving on planning committees. As Provost, he oversaw the development and implementation of over 24 multiple accredited undergraduate majors and programs across the four academic Divisions (Arts and Humanities, Engineering, Science and Social Science); several Global PhD programs; and the start of the Masters program. During his time as Provost, NYUAD developed into an exceptional model of higher education recognized for its global diversity, its selectivity in student and faculty recruitment, and for involving students in high-impact research. During his decade, NYUAD reached the highest per capita number of Rhodes Scholars of any university and was recognized by the Nature Index for high impact research.
During the 2021 Commencement, NYUAD established the Piano Prize, to be awarded annually to a graduating senior.
Courses (NYU, NY):
BIOL-GA 2005 Current Topics in Biology I: Precision Medicine
BIOL-GA 2004 Bio Core IV: Genes, Systems & Evolution
Office: C1, 105, Experimental Research Building, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE, PO Box 129188
Lab Office: 7th Floor, CGSB, 12 Waverly Place, New York, NY 10003
Director Office: 805, CGSB, 12 Waverly Place, New York, NY 10003