Michele De Luca is Professor of Biochemistry, Director of the Stefano Ferrari Regenerative Medicine Centre and the Interdepartmental Centre of Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. He is the founder and director of the University spin-off Holostem Terapie Avanzate. He has authored over 130 publications. He is a pioneer of cell and gene therapy, having been the first in Europe to use epidermal stem cells to save the lives of people suffering from extensive burns. He is considered one of the most preeminent researchers in the application of epithelial stem cells in clinical medicine.