Nutrizione molecolare (Dr. Passamonti)

Dr. Sabina Passamonti


Tel: +390405588747
Fax: +390403691

via L. Giorgieri 1, 34127 Trieste
Building: C11, 2nd floor, room 227

Orcid ID: 0000-0001-7876-4666
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Assistant professor of biochemistry at the University of Trieste (Italy).

Accredited full professor of biochemistry (MIUR-Ministry of Education, University and Research, ASN 2012 and 2016).




1986-1990   University of Trieste. PhD course in biochemistry.

1977-1984   University of Trieste. Medical degree. Magna cum laude.

1972-1977   Liceo Classico Dante Alighieri, Trieste.

Language skills – English: proficient user (C2). French: independent user (B2, except for writing). 


Employment record

Employed in the higher education sector for 30 years.

First job at Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium (from 1984, for 2 years).

Then at the University of Trieste, as PhD student  (from 1986, for 4 years) and teaching staff (from 1992, for 23 years).

Independent medical expert for 1 year (1992).



FOCUS: molecular mechanisms of transport of bilirubin and flavonoids across biological membranes. A membrane transporter named bilitranslocase (T.C. 2.A.65.1.1) is found both in animal and in plants. This protein has the property to transport bilirubin, flavonoids and nucleotides across in plasma membrane of many epithelial cell lines and in the vascular endothelium.  


Scientific responsibilities

Principal investigator of 14 research grants. Research jobs funded by my competitive research grants: 16 PhDs, 14 post-docs (for an average duration of post-doc contract of 20.2 years).  

Host of foreign researchers from Slovenia (n=9), Nigeria (n=7), Argentina (n=3), Brazil (n=2), and Serbia (n=1). Together, they have produced 39 scientific papers.

Expert evaluator of 14 projects for national and international agencies (total costs € 7.8 MLN).

Peer reviewer of 105 manuscripts for 45 international scientific journals in the field of biochemistry, pharmacology, cellular biology, food and nutrition (see Publons record:

Associate Editor of Frontiers in Pharmacology-Drug Metabolism and Transport.

Member of the Editorial Board of World Journal of Pharmacology


Research coordination

In 2011-2014, she has been the team manager of R&I networks: the strategic project Trans2Care ( and of the standard project Innov-H2O (, both funded by the Cross-border Cooperation Programme Italy-Slovenia 2007-2013 (European Regional Development Fund and National Funds), coordinating research, innovation and technology transfer of 13 and 8 project partners, respectively.


Communication and engagement

She has organised 8 scientific conferences (3 national; 5 international) to promote researchers networking and to bring science closer to society.

She has edited and authored 4 books in the field of research & innovation, published by the University of Trieste Press (EUT).




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