About me

Antonio Mazzocca received an MD degree from the University of Bari School of Medicine, Italy, in 1994 and a Ph.D. from the University of Florence, Florence, Italy, in 2000. He conducted his post-doctoral research in the laboratory of Prof. Alex Toker (http://www.tokerlab.com/People.html) in the Department of Pathology, BIDMC, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, directed by Harold Dvorak. Next, he moved to the Department of Pathology at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. Back in Italy, he was appointed as Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Bari Medical School and then promoted to Professor of General Pathology in 2016 (ASN).

Other Activities:

• Associate Editor, BMC Cancer, Journal of Gastrointestinal Cancer

• Editorial Board, Annals of Clinical Pathology Research, WMC Plus, International Journal of Chronic Diseases, BioMed Research International (Hepatology), Hepatoma Research, Frontiers in Gastrointestinal Cancers

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Pathobiology of Hepatocellular Carcinoma and Clinical Impact

Hepatocellular Carcinoma: Diagnosis and Treatment

The Systemic-Evolutionary Theory of the Origin of Cancer (SETOC)

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Contribution of liver cirrhosis to cancer formation.  

Heterogeneity in liver cancer.

Altered microenvironment in liver cancer.


Identification of molecular therapeutic targets and development of new drugs.


2007 – 2009
Vanderbilt University



2001 – 2003
Harvard University



1996 – 2000
University of Florence


1988 – 1994
University of Bari