Department of Medicine

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   Riccardo Russo, PHD

Director of BSL3 Operations, ICPH RBL
Instructor, Department of Medicine

Department of Medicine



Dr. Riccardo Russo is the Director of the BSL3 Operations of the Regional Bio-containment Laboratory & Public Health Research Institute, Center for COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness (CRP2). He obtained his Ph.D. degree from the University of Florida and his MBA degree from the Auburn University. He has a certificate in Project Management and a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. Dr. Russo is directing the four in-vitro BSL3 facility and the two animal BSL3 facilities located at the International Center for Public Health.

Since 20013, he has directed the "in vitro Antimicrobial Drug Screening Core Laboratory?, part of the Center of Excellence in Translational research (CETR), a collaborative public-private partnership involving Rutgers University and Merck ( aimed at the development of a new generation of antibiotics against high-threat bacterial agents. He has directed several other projects in collaboration with research groups from different institutions, major pharma and biotech companies aimed at developing new antimicrobial compounds against ESKAPE bacteria, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Select Agents and multi-drug resistant bacteria.

From March 2020, Dr. Russo has collaborated with academic research groups from different institutions, biotech, oral products and aerospace companies in developing new therapeutics against SARS-CoV-2 and new technologies for the sterilization of planes and medical devices.


PHD, 2004, University of Florida