Ernestina Schipani, MD, PhD
Photo: Ernestina Schipani
Elected 2005
Ernestina Schipani, M.D., Ph.D. is the William Wikoff Smith Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at University of Pennsylvania-Perelman School of Medicine. She earned her M.D. and Ph.D. at St. Anna School of Advanced Studies-University of Pisa, Italy. She did her postdoctoral studies at MGH-Harvard Medical School, where she subsequently rose through the ranks and became Associate Professor. She was recruited to Indiana University-Medical School as a Full Professor of Internal Medicine, and next to University of Michigan-Medical School as a Full Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Medicine and Cell and Developmental Biology. Early in her career, Dr. Schipani discovered that gain-of-function mutations of PTHR1 cause Jansen disease. Next, she pioneered the notion that hypoxia-driven pathways control skeletal development. Her laboratory has established novel principles in the broader fields of G-protein coupled receptors and hypoxia biology. She has received numerous national and international recognitions. NIH funds her research as an independent investigator since 1997. She is an ASBMR member since 1992,  and an ASCI member since 2005. In 2019, she was the recipient of the ASBMR Paula Stern Achievement Award.  Dr. Schipani has authored more than 150 publications.