Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineFaculty of Medicine Centre

Teaching Fellow



+44 (0)20 7594 1503a.galasso




Sir Alexander Fleming BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





I took my graduation in Biological Sciences and my PhD in Biotechnology at the University of Naples, Italy.  After my PhD, I held several postdoctoral fellowships first at the University of Warwick, in the UK, next at the Université Catholique de Louvain, in Brussels, and more recently at the “Dunn School of Pathology” at the University of Oxford.

During my scientific career I modelled human disease conditions in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. I combined a wide variety of experimental approaches, such as genetic engineering technologies and high-resolution imaging with the powerful repertoire of genetic tools available in Drosophila to elucidate the molecular mechanisms responsible for the pathological condition, especially in cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.

Following my extensive experience as Postdoctoral Researcher, in September 2020 I joined Imperial College as a Teaching Fellow in the BSc Medical Biosciences (BMB) Programme where I teach in Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) module and LabPod1, a laboratory-based module. In addition, I act as Academic & Personal Tutor for undergraduate students.

I am really passionate about teaching and tutoring roles as they are both providing me with the incredible opportunity to practice and improve my teaching skills.

Selected publications.

1. Galasso A, Xu DC, Hill C, Iakovleva D, Stefana MI, Baena-Lopez LA. Non-apoptotic caspase activation ensures the homeostasis of ovarian somatic stem cells.EMBO Rep. 2023 Apr 11:e51716. doi: 10.15252/embr.202051716. Online ahead of print.PMID: 37039000

2. Klionsky, D. J. ….Galasso, A. … al. Guidelines for the use and interpretation of assays for monitoring autophagy (4th edition). Autophagy 17, 1-382, doi:10.1080/15548627.2020.1797280 (2021).

3.  Baena-Lopez, L. A., Arthurton, L., Xu, D. C. & Galasso, A. Non-apoptotic Caspase regulation of stem cell properties. Semin Cell Dev Biol 82, 118-126, doi:10.1016/j.semcdb.2017.10.034 (2018).

4.  Galasso, A., Cameron, C. S., Frenguelli, B. G. & Moffat, K. G. An AMPK-dependent regulatory pathway in tau-mediated toxicity. Biol Open 6, 1434-1444, doi:10.1242/bio.022863 (2017).

5.  Galasso, A. & Zollo, M. The Nm23-H1-h-Prune complex in cellular physiology: a 'tip of the iceberg' protein network perspective. Mol Cell Biochem 329, 149-159, doi:10.1007/s11010-009-0115-4 (2009).

6.  Galasso, A. et al. dSTAM expression pattern during wild type and mutant egg chamber development in D. melanogaster. Gene Expr Patterns 7, 730-737, doi:10.1016/j.modgep.2007.06.004 (2007).