Dr. Di Maio studied Biomedicine at the University of Palermo (Italy) and graduated in 1991. In 1993, he joined the Mario Negri Sud Research Institute, (Italy) where he obtained his master’s degree in Pharmacology in 1996. He then joined the research group of Prof. Vittorio La Grutta at the Institute of Human Physiology, University of Palermo (Italy) where he received his PhD degree in Neurosciences in 2005. After three years of postdoctoral fellowship supervised by Dr. Greenamyre at the Pittsburgh Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases (University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh – USA), He has been appointed as Assistant Professor at the same Institution. He has published more than 40 research articles in SCI(E) journals.