November 2016

EphA2, a functional signaling receptor for the growth factor progranulin, has been discovered in the lab of Dr. Renato V. Iozzo.

November 2016

Dr. Iozzo is the recipient of the 2016 Senior Investigator Award given by the American Society of Matrix Biology

Congratulations to Dr. Renato V. Iozzo, M.D. Ph.D. (Honoris causa) on receiving the prestigious Senior Investigator Award. Dr. Iozzo was given this honor at the 2016 Biennial Meeting of the American Society of Matrix Biology held in St. Petersburg, FL from November 13 - 16. 

June 2016

Renato V. Iozzo, M.D., Department of Pathology, Anatomy & Cell Biology receives his second honorary degree (Doctor Honoris Causa) from University of Patras in Patras, Greece.

Congratulations to Dr. Iozzo, Professor of Pathology and cell Biology, and Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Thomas Jefferson University for receiving his second Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Patras in Patras, Greece, Hungary. Dr. Iozzo received this award for his seminal contributions to the field of Matrix Biology, Cancer, and Angiogenesis.

July 2014

2014 Biennial Soccer Match-Up at PG-GRC

May 2014

Dr. Iozzo and Dr. Neill were recognized for their contributions during the Jefferson Graduate School of Biomedical Science's 2014 Spring Convocation. This event took place following the 190th Commencement Ceromony of Thomas Jefferson Univerity on Thursday, May 29th, 2014.

April 2013

Dr. Renato V. Iozzo receives the Jefferson Medical College Research Career Award from Thomas Jefferson University for 2013. 

This award is commended for expectional leadership in, and contributions to, a field of basic and / or clinical / translational research over the span of an academic career. Dr. Iozzo was the 2013 receipient of this prestigious research award from JMC. It was awarded on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 at The Union League of Philadelphia. Congratulations Dr. Iozzo!

November 2012

Congratulations to Dr. Renato Iozzo for being appointed as Editor-In-Chief of Matrix Biology

Dr. Renato Iozzo has recently been appointed as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Matrix Biology beginning January 2013.  This flagship journal is published by Elsevier and is affiliated with both the International Society for Matrix Biology and the American Society for Matrix Biology. Dr. Iozzo served as president of both societies between 2007 and 2010.  Dr. Iozzo succeeds Dr. Bjorn Olsen from Harvard Medical School. 

Dr. Iozzo is presently a Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia   PA, and is a long-standing member of the graduate program in Cellular and Developmental Biology.  He is also Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and a Professor at the Kimmel Cancer Center since its foundation. His research interest is focused on the biology of proteoglycans and their roles in cancer and angiogenesis. He has published over 280 peer-reviewed articles, numerous reviews and edited two books on proteoglycans. His work is one of the most cited in the Proteoglycan and Matrix Biology fields, with over 18,500 citations and an h-index of 77

June 2012

Dr. Iozzo has received the "Distinguished Mentor Award" from the Jefferson College of Graduate Studies. This award was established to recognize Jefferson faculty members that excel in the mentoring of postdoctoral fellows.

The Iozzo Lab, current as of June 2012. (T.Neill was absent from the photo.)

Dr. Iozzo and Dr. Kozlowski

pose for a picture

July 2011- June 2012

A Day in the life of a Manchester Placement student: Dr. Iozzo's Lab, Philadelphia, PA

I work for Dr R.V. Iozzo, one of the world’s leading matrix biologists, in his lab at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, USA. His lab performs ground breaking research into the relationship between proteoglycans and tumour angiogenesis. During my time here I have learnt not simply a few, but rather a plethora of techniques, including: Western blotting, cell culture, transfection, PCR, qPCR, immunofluorescence, molecular cloning, experimental design and data analysis. While many of these techniques were touched upon in our laboratory sessions or lectures, there is no substitution for having the responsibility of performing them by yourself, in real time, and waiting in anticipation of the results.

We had a lot of help from Thomas Jefferson University to ensure our visa application ran smoothly, and we finally arrived in late June, greeted by temperatures of 80-100˚ F. Our first month was spent in the Martin Building, typical accommodation for a US university; shared room, shared bathroom and shared Kitchen. This did, however, give us the opportunity to meet some colleagues and new friends. We soon found a house to rent just 10 minutes walk from the lab.

A typical day starts at 9 am and can end anywhere between 5-9 pm. I’m usually multi-tasking, performing many of the above techniques simultaneously with the help of expensive and complicated pieces of equipment to perform and analyse experiments. All my experiments are overseen by my supervisor, Tom, often with input from Dr. Iozzo. Every Monday morning we have a lab meeting, where each member of the lab presents their Data from the previous week, this has given me a good insight into how data should be presented professionally as well as confidence in presenting. We also have the opportunity to attend lectures from world class researchers, a brilliant opportunity for networking.

However, it’s not all hard work! Working in a closely knit lab team has helped to develop close relationships with colleagues, whom we socialise with on a regular basis. We got a taste for American culture by attending basketball and baseball matches as well as taking trips to surrounding cities such as New York and Washington DC. We even got a chance to experience the real “Jersey Shore”. Many future trips are also planned to cities further away such as Chicago, Boston and San Francisco. Philadelphia itself is a great and historical city, where I have learned a lot about American history.

If you have a natural curiosity about biology, a placement year will be extremely effective in furthering your academic learning and technical ability. I believe being a placement student has set me up well for final year, allowing me to learn techniques I will be using during my final year project. Patience, perseverance and planning are key during a placement year, and I have been able to build on all three. Alas, life as a placement student is far from glamorous, but it is a very rewarding and worthwhile year to undertake.

November 2011

Renato V. Iozzo, M.D., Department of Pathology, Anatomy & Cell Biology receives an honorary degree (Doctor Honoris Causa) from Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary


Congratulations to Dr. Iozzo, Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology, and Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Thomas Jefferson University for receiving a (Doctor Honoris Causa) from Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary. Founded in 1769 by Maria Theresa the Empress of Austria-Hungary, Semmelweis University is one of the oldest universities and medical schools in Europe. Dr. Iozzo received this award for his contribution to the field of Matrix Biology, Cancer, and Angiogenesis.
Dr. Iozzo receives a Doctor Honoris Causa from Professor Tivadar Tulassay, Rector of Semmelweis University.
July 2009

Dr. Renato V. Iozzo, Department of Pathology, Anatomy & Cell Biology receives scientific awards from the Hellenic Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and from the Federation of European Biochemical Societies

Congratulations to Dr. Renato V. Iozzo, M.D., Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology, Thomas Jefferson University, for receiving two awards from the Hellenic Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology together with the Hellenic Research Club for Connective Tissue and Matrix Biology, and from the Federation of European Biochemical Societies, in July 2009 at the University of Patras, Greece. Dr. Iozzo received two plaques and two honorary diplomas in recognition of his “Significant Contribution and Scientific Achievements in the fields of Pathobiology and Extracellular Matrices”. The other awardee was Dr. Vincent Hascall from the Lerner Research Center, Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH.  Dr. Iozzo delivered two keynote talks on the roles of proteoglycans in cancer and angiogenesis.
Dr. Iozzo receives a plaque depicting Saint Andrew (Saint Andreas), the Patron of Patras, and an Honorary Diploma from Prof. Stavros Koumbias, Rector of the University of Patras (Center) and Prof. Nikos Karamanos, Chairman of the Organizing Committee, FEBS-MSPT 2009.
Dr. Iozzo, Dr. Grunwald, & Dr. Neill

Dr. Thomas Neill was awarded the prestigious Yun Yen, M.D., Ph.D. and Sophie Yen Faculty Award for Distinguished Research in Pathobiology during the JGSBS Spring Convocation. This honor was bestowed on Thursday, May 29th, 2014 following the 190th Commencement of Thomas Jefferson University.