Flavia Zucco retired in 2009, when she was Head of Research at the Institute of Neurobiology and Molecular Medicine (CNR) in Rome. She graduated in Biology at the University of Naples on 1969. Since 1971, she has been member of the permanent staff at the National Research Council.
In 1974-75, as a guest researcher at the Virology Department of the ISREC (Institut Suisse de Recherche Experimentelle sur le Cancer – Lausanne, Switzerland), she studied the biosynthesis and maturation of oncogenic viruses. In 1983, she spent 3 months at the Medical School in Nottingham (U.K.), with a NATO fellowship, working on in vitro drug biotransformation.
Since 1977, at the Institute of Biomedical Technologies she has been in charge of a research project on the in vitro toxicology and, from 1995 till 1999, she has been also a member of the Scientific Council of this Institute. In 2001 she moved to the Institute of Neurobiology and Molecular Medicine, where she started a project on the in vitro regulation of intestinal epithelial cells proliferation and differentiation.
From 2002 till 2004, she coordinated the European Project in Bioethics on animal experimentation, under the 5th FP, (Anim.Al.See QLRT-2001-00028 www.inemm.cnr.it/animalsee).
From 2007 to 2010 she has been Coordinator of the European Project LIINTOP, LSHB-CT-2006-037499, (www.liintop.cnr.it).
She has been member of the Editorial Boards of three international scientific journals (ATLA, Toxicology in Vitro, Cell Biology and Toxicology).
Since 1986 to 2013 she has been appointed by the European Commission as expert for the evaluation of European projects in FP4-FP7 in the sector of health /biotechnology.
From 1990 to 2000 she has been member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the ECVAM (European Centre far the Validation of Alternatives Methods) at the European Commission Joint Research Centre, in Ispra, Italy.
In 1991 she has been a founder and firts President of Celltox- Associazione italiana di tossicologia in vitro www.celltox.it. Today she is an Honorary Member.
From 1994 till 1998, she has been the President of ESTIV (European Society of Toxicology in Vitro) and in 2002 she has been nominated Honorary Member.
From 2003 till 2007 she has been elected to the Board of the Euroepan Consensus Platform of alternatives methods, ECOPA (www.ecopa.eu).
From 2005 to 2009 she has been member of the Scientific Advisory Board of BioSim Network of Excellence.
In 1994, she has attended the postgraduate specialization course on Bioethics at the University “La Sapienza”, Rome. From 2005 to 2007 she has been teaching Bioethics at the Università della Tuscia, Viterbo.
F. Zucco is author of 100 scientific publications, 115 congress communications and editor of congress proceedings and books. She organized courses and congresses at national and international level, and has given invited presentations in Austria, France, Belgium, Greece, Ireland, India, Germany.
Women in science:
She has been active in this sector since 1988. From1999 to 2002, she has been member of “Commissione di studio per la valorizzazione della componente femminile nel campo della ricerca scientifica e tecnologica” of the National Research Council of Italy.
In 2003, she has founded the Associazione “Donne e Scienza” (www.donnescienza.it) of which has been the first President.
From 2004 to 2008, she has been member of the Board of the European Platform of Women in Science (EPWS – www.epws.org).
From 2008 al 2011 she has been member of Comitato Scientifico di coordinamento nell’ambito della Convenzione tra il Dipartimento per i Diritti e le Pari Opportunità della Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri e la Scuola Superiore della pubblica Amministrazione, per for the project “Donne, politica ed istituzioni – percorsi formativi per la promozione della cultura di genere e delle pari opportunità”.
She is author of several papers on the topics of advancement of science, women and science, bioethics, and has been invited as a speaker to several national and international public initiatives.