• Coordinator of the Assisted Reproductive Technology Laboratory at the San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milano, Italy
  • Group Leader of the Reproductive Sciences Laboratory, Division of Genetics and Cell Biology at the San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milan, Italy

Paola Vigano’s background is in cell biology with emphasis to the reproductive system cell biology. She obtained her biological degree at the University of Milan in 1989 and a post-graduate residency in Experimental Endocrinology at the School of Pharmacy of the same University in 2000. She obtained her PhD in Prenatal Medicine at the University of Siena in 2003.

Dr Vigano has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers and review articles and has about 6000 citations. Her research activity has been particularly devoted to cellular mechanisms underlying endometrial pathophysiology with a scientific production in the field of endometriosis basic research that has been consistent for over 25 years, in strict collaboration with most of the leading experts in the field. She is presently recognised as the 4th world leader in endometriosis by Experscape ranking, Palo Alto.

For her scientific activity, she has received a journal prize from Fertility & Sterility and two awards from the Society for Gynecologic Investigation for co-authored contributions.

From 2006 to 2009 she was the deputy coordinator of the ESHRE Special Interest Group in Endometrium and Endometriosis, from 2011 to 2014  an associated editor of Human Reproduction Update, and is presently an associated editor of Human Reproduction. She is currently President of the Italian Society of Human Reproduction (SIRU). She is member of the Endometriosis Treatment Italian Club, of the Center for Research in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Milan, and has been one of the founding member of AENDO (Associazione Italiana Dolore Pelvico ed Endometriosi).

Dr Vigano was appointed to the WES board of directors in May 2017.