President: Prof. Mariano Rocchi

Dip. di Bioscienze, Biotecnologie e Ambiente
Campus Universitario
Via Orabona 4
70125 BARI / ITALY
Tel: +39 080 544 3371
Email: [email protected]

  • Full Professor of Genetics,University of Bari, Department of Biology, Bari, Italy
  • Degree in Biology, University of Rome Biologist at the Burlo Garofalo Hospital, Trieste (1976-1984)
  • Biologist at the Gaslini Pediatric Hospital, Genoa (1984-1988)
  • Visiting Scientist at the Wayne State University, Detroit (1988-1989)
  • Full Professor of Genetics, University of Bari, Department of Biology, Bari (1990-)
  • Director of the Dept. of Biology, University of Bari (2005-2015)
  • Editorial Board Member of the journal Cytogenetics and Genome Research (2005-2008)
  • President of the Scientific Programme Committee of the ECA (2010-)


Author of ~365 scientific publications in peer reviewed journals including Nature, Science, PNAS, Am J. Hum. Genet, Genome Research.

Fields of interest:

Karyotype evolution of primates; genomic studies in primates, the emergence of neocentromeres in clinical cases and in evolution

Constitutional cytogenetics, molecular cytogenetics, preimplantation genetic diagnosis


First Vice president: Dr. Kamlesh Madan

Department of Clinical Genetics,
Leiden University Medical Center,
Post Box 9600,
2300 RC Leiden,
The Netherlands
Tel: +31 72 5128953
Email: [email protected]

Member of the Board of Directors of the E.C.A. since 2000
Member of the Editorial committee of the E.C.A. Newsletter
Member of the teaching faculty of two International Courses

1967-1970 Medical Research Council, Harwell, UK (Cytogenetics research)
1970-1972 Medical Research Council, Oxford, UK (Clinical Cytogenetics)
1973-1974 Medical School, Liverpool, UK (Clinical Cytogenetics)
1974-2006 Clinical Genetics Department, Vrije Universiteit Medical Centre, Amsterdam (Head of Clinical Cytogenetics Laboratory, Associate professor)
1975-1975 Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA (6-months visiting scientist)
2006-2009 Clinical Genetics Department, Leiden University Medical Centre, Leiden
2009 - Affiliated to the Leiden University Medical Centre

M. Phil in Cytogenetics, 1974 (London)
PhD in Human Cytogenetics, 1978 (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam)
Author of more than 90 publications


Second Vice president: Prof. J.S. (Pat) Heslop-Harrison

Department of Genetics and Genome Biology
University of Leicester
Leicester LE1 7RH / UK
Email: [email protected] - [email protected]

  • Professor of Molecular Cytogenetics, University of Leicester UK
  • Group Leader, Genome Evolution, South China Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou, China
  • Editor or several journals, including Emeritus editor, Chromosome Research (1994-present)
  • Supervised 27 PhD students


Research and publications on genomics, genome and chromosome evolution, with a focus on animals and crops of agricultural importance. Research focuses on the major genome component, the repetitive DNA including tandem repeats (satellites) and transposable elements. I am extensively involved in graduate teaching, scientific policy and research evaluation.

Fields of interest:

Chromosome evolution; bioinformatics; polyploidy; mobile DNA; retrotransposons; genome assembly; translocations; recombination; endogenous viruses; retroviruses; molecular cytogenetics; PhD supervision; evaluation; dissemination


General Secretary: Pr. Jean-Michel Dupont

Universite Paris Cité
APHP.Centre, Service de Médecine Génomique des Maladies de Système et d'Organe Hôpital Cochin
27 rue du Fbg St Jacques
75014 Paris - FRANCE

Professor of Histology, Embryology and Cytogenetics at Paris Descartes University, Medicine Faculty,
Head of the Cytogenetic laboratory at Cochin Hospital in Paris.
General Secretary of ACLF (Association des Cytogeneticists de Langue Française - French Speaking Cytogeneticists Association) 2005-2008, President since 2008.
Head of the working group for the French national External Quality Control Scheme
Member of ECA Board of Directors since 2008, treasurer since 2009, Director of the European Advanced Postgraduate Course in Classical
Molecular Cytogenetics co-organized by E.C.A and two French Universities (Paris Descartes and Montpellier-Nîmes Universities)


1995 : MD in Biology, specialization in Human Cytogenetics
2001 : PhD in Human Cytogenetics

Fields of interest:

Constitutional cytogenetics, molecular cytogenetics, epigenetics, non invasive prenatal diagnosis, chromosome territories and chromatine arrangement inside the nucleus.


Treasurer: Pr Thierry Lavabre-Bertrand

University of Montpellier (Faculty of medicine of Montpellier-Nîmes)
Laboratoire de Cytogénétique, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire,
Place du Professeur Robert Debré
30029 Nîmes Cedex, France

Professor of Histology, Embryology and Cytogenetics at the uUniversity of Montpellier
Head of the Department of Cytogenetics, University Hospital, Nîmes
Member of the E.C.A. board of directors since 2012, treasurer since 2022,
Co-organizer of the European Advanced Postgraduate Course in Classical and Molecular Cytogenetics co-organized by E.C.A and two French Universities (Paris Descartes and Montpellier-Nîmes).

Fields of interest: Cytogenetics and molecular biology in Haematology mainly in the fields of myeloid leukaemias, myeloproliferative neoplasms and congenital eythropoietic disorders.