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Dr. Luisi, after his graduation at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, made his academic career at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETHZ), Switzerland, where he became professor of Chemistry in the department of material sciences. Since 2003, till 2012, he has been working at the University of Rome3, Italy, as professor of Biochemistry. His research focussed in the origin of life, and the synthetic biology of minimal living cells. In Zurich he initiated the field of enzymology in reverse micelles, later the self-reproduction of micelles and vesicles. Author of over 500 reviewed papers, and a dozens of books, which include themes on philosophy of science and spirituality. The last books are resp. The systems view of life, with Fritjof Capra, and the second edition of his The emergence of life, both for Cambridge University Press. At the ETHZ, he created (1985) the Cortona-week, an interdisciplinary residential week for graduate students, who are working with artists, psychologists, religious leaders, to open up their horizon and foster a new generation of world leaders with a more integrated and balanced view of life. See www.cortona-week and www.cortona-india.org. He has been associated from the start (1987) with the Mind and Life Institute, created by Francisco Varela and the Dalai Lama, devoted to the dialogue between modern science and Buddhism.

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