Giovanna Iannantuoni - Rector since 2019
Giovanna Iannantuoni

Giovanna Iannantuoni is a full professor of Political Economy.
After studying Economic and Social Sciences at the Bocconi University in Milan, she graduated with a PhD in Economics from the University of Louvain (2001). 

She spent several years abroad at some of the most prestigious Economics departments in the world, including Rochester University, Carlos III de Madrid and the University of Cambridge.

Her research interests include game theory, political economy decisions and the micro-economy and her work has been published in the leading economics journals. She has been awarded numerous projects in Italy and around the world.


President of the University of Milano-Bicocca’s Doctoral School from 2015 to 2019.

Scientific activity


  • De Sinopoli, F., Iannantuoni, G., Manzoni, E., & Pimienta, C. (2019). Proportional Representation with Uncertainty. MATHEMATICAL SOCIAL SCIENCES, 99, 18-23. 
  • Baghdasaryan, V., Iannantuoni, G., & Maggian, V. (2018). Electoral fraud and voter turnout: An experimental study. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF POLITICAL ECONOMY, 1-17.
  • Cella, M., Iannantuoni, G., & Manzoni, E. (2017). Do the Right Thing: Incentives for Policy Selection in Presidential and Parliamentary Systems. ECONOMICA [ECONOMICS], 84(335), 430-453. 
  • Bettarelli, L., Iannantuoni, G., Manzoni, E., & Rossi, F. (2017). Voters’ preferences and electoral systems: the EuroVotePlus experiment in Italy. ECONOMIA POLITICA [POLITICAL ECONOMY], 34(1), 159-177. 
  • De SInopoli, F., Iannantuoni, G., & Pimienta, G. (2015). On stable outcomes of approval, plurality, and negative plurality games. SOCIAL CHOICE AND WELFARE, 44(4), 889-909.
Cristina Messa - Rector from 2013 to 2019
Cristina Messa

Cristina Messa is a full professor of Diagnostic Imaging. She became Rector of the University of Milano-Bicocca in 2013 and was made a member of the Board of the Conference of Italian University Rectors (CRUI) in 2015.

She graduated from the University of Milan with a degree in Medicine and Surgery in 1986 before obtaining her specialist diploma in Nuclear Medicine from the same university in 1989.  
Between 1992 and 1999, she was a researcher with the Department of Nuclear Medicine with the University of Milan and the Istituto H S Raffaele. In 1999, she moved to the University of Milano-Bicocca, where she became an associate professor in 2001 and a full professor in 2007.

She was a visiting researcher at the Cerebro-Vascular Research Center at Penn University in Philadelphia 1988 and obtained the post of MD Clinical Instructor in the Division of Nuclear Medicine and Biophysics at UCLA School of Medicine (Department of Radiological Sciences) in Los Angeles in 1992. Between 1998 and 2001, she was Visiting Senior Scientist with the Neuroscience Group (MRC Cyclotron Unit) at Hammersmith Hospital in London.


Since June 2017, she has been a member of the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research's National Observatory on Specialist Medical Training.
She has been a member of the Coordination Committee of Human Technopole, a cross-discipline national research centre, since November 2016.
In July 2013, she was appointed by the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research as one of Italy's representatives for Horizon 2020, the new EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. Messa’s specific area of responsibility was Research Infrastructure.
She was Vice President of the National Research Council (CNR) between 2011 and September 2015.
From 2012 until she became Rector, she was the Director of the Department of Health Sciences at the University of Milano-Bicocca. Between 2005 and 2013, she was the Director of the Molecular Bioimaging Centre at the same university.

Scientific activity

Messa has published over 180 scientific works in impact factor journals (H Index 46).
Her publications have received over 6,000 citations, with an average of over 300 citations/year in the last 15 years, including documents with over 100 citations each. Over 60% of her scientific works are in the first quartile of the "Web of Science".
Messa has extensive experience in experimental research in the fields of Diagnostic Imaging, Nuclear Medicine and Radiological Sciences, with a particular focus on neurodegenerative and neoplastic diseases.

Marcello Fontanesi - Rector from 1999 to 2013
Marcello Fontanesi

Born in Rome on 13 August 1939, Marcello Fontanesi is a full professor of General Physics.
He obtained a Physics degree from the University of Rome in 1964 with a dissertation on ionising shock waves in a gas, which he produced at the National Committee for Nuclear Energy in Frascati (now the ENEA).
In 1967, he obtained his diploma from the Specialist School of Atomic and Nuclear Physics at the University of Milan and became a full professor of Physics.
After qualifying to teach Plasma Physics in 1972, he became a full professor of General Physics in 1977.
Between 1979 and 1983, he was the President of the Physics Degree course at the Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences at the University of Milan. He then spent 15 years as the President of the Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences at the University of Milan. Between 1992 and 1995, he was the President of the Permanent Conference of Presidents of Faculties of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences and Faculties of Industrial Chemistry.
When the University of Milano-Bicocca was established, he became the President of the Steering Committee in the 1998/99 academic year.
He was elected Rector in 1999 and later re-elected in 2002, 2005 and for the last time on 19 May 2008, when he was elected for the four-year period between 2008 and 2012.


He was the Director of the Institute of Plasma Physics at the National Research Council between 1984 and 1992.
Between 1994 and 1999, he was the President of the Physics Committee at the National Research Council.
He was the President of the Research Department of the Milan National Research Council until 2000.
He was a member of the Programme Committee of the EU's Thermonuclear Fusion Programme until 1998 and is still a member of the EURATOM/ENEA Steering Committee.
Since 1987, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Leonardo da Vinci Museum of Science and Technology in Milan.
He is the President of the Milan Research Consortium and of the Lombardy Inter-University Automatic Processing Consortium (CILEA). He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Lombardy Environmental Foundation and of the Board of Trustees of the College of Milanese Universities Foundations.
He sits on the Board of Directors of the Luce di Sincrotrone company in Trieste.
As of 21 February 2007, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Research Council.

Scientific activity

Fontanesi’s main areas of scientific interest are plasma physics and controlled thermonuclear fusion. More specifically, he is interested in the production and heating of plasma using electro-magnetic waves and the physics of the magnetic confinement of plasma in tokamak-style toroidal machines.

by Redazione Centrale, last updated on 06/03/2020