Prof. Martino Bolognesi graduated in Chemistry at the University of Pavia, as Fellow of Collegio Ghislieri, and attended the Specialty School in Biochemistry at the same University. After a postdoctoral training at the Institute of Molecular Biology, University of Oregon (Prof. Brian Matthews, 1976-77), and (1980-81) at the Max Planck Institut f. Biochemie, Martinsried-Munchen (Prof. Robert Huber, Nobel Prize for Chemistry 1988) he became Associate Professor of Physical Biochemistry at the University of Pavia, and full Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Genova. In 2005 he moved to the University of Milano, where he is Professor of Biochemistry at the Department of Biosciences (he has been Department Director for the years 2009-2014). Martino Bolognesi is one of the leading figures for the development of protein crystallography in Italy, training and giving rise to different groups that are successfully operating in this field in the country and abroad. His research has been focused on metallo proteins, enzymes, protein assemblies, viral proteins as drug targets, and structural vaccinology. His scientific output is summarized in about 500 peer-reviewed papers (more than 20,000 citations, h-index 70). Since 2017, Martino Bolognesi has been running a single particle cryo-EM facility (first in Italy) at the U. of Milano, where 3D structures of large macromolecular assemblies are studied based on the most recent approaches of this newly emerging biophysical technique. Prof. Bolognesi has served in several advisory committees in European scientific institutions (EMBO, EMBL, ESRF, EMBL-Hamburg, ESF, HFSP); he is EMBO member, and ‘Socio Nazionale’ of the Accademia dei Lincei (Italy).