Luigi Strizzi, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Downers Grove, IL

Home / Academics / Luigi Strizzi, M.D., Ph.D.


As Associate Professor in the College of Graduate Studies, Department of Pathology at Midwestern University I have the privilege of teaching Systemic Pathology in the Basic Sciences Programs to students enrolled in the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCMO), College of Dental Medicine-Illinois (CDMI) and Chicago College of Optometry (CCO). In addition to my didactic responsibilities, I serve as a member of several university committees and intramural and extramural grant research review panels. I also continue to work in the field of cancer research with the aim of finding novel ways for improving diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Since my research activity requires continuous updates related to my specific area of interest in molecular diagnosis and therapy, my teaching responsibilities provide a unique platform for transmitting novel findings to our future health care professionals with emphasis on the translational aspects of molecular pathology in precision medicine.

Associate Professor

Downers Grove, IL

Chicago College of Optometry
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
College of Dental Medicine-Illinois
College of Graduate Studies - IL


Biomedical Sciences (M.B.S.)
Dental Medicine
Osteopathic Medicine

Send Me
a Message


D'Annunzio University
Italy | 1999 | Ph.D.
D'Annunzio University
Italy | 1994 | M.D.

Courses Taught

Pathology, PATHD courses, CCOM

Pathology, IBSSD courses, CDMI

Pathology, PATHD courses, CCO


It has been suggested that the subpopulation of cancer cells capable of adapting to these changes will have an increased chance of leaving the primary tumor site and localize to distant organs where they can give rise to a metastatic lesion. My experience in cancer research and background in pathology has given me the unique opportunity to take findings from basic research and translate them into clinically relevant applications for diagnosis, prognosis and therapy. Specifically. my research projects are focused on identifying growth factors and signaling pathways that may be expressed in metastatic cancer cells and translate the findings into clinically useful  biomarkers and therapeutic targets.


American Society of Clinical Pathology

American Society for Investigative Pathology

Union for International Cancer Control

National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners


- Expression of Nodal in Human Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Co-PI, Intramural CDMI Research Grant, 7/2018  - 6/2019.

- Detection of Nodal Signaling in 4NQO-induced Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Co-PI, Intramural CDMI Research Grant, 7/2018  - 6/2019

- Relationship of early stage melanoma with the cutaneous microenvironment. PI, Intramural MWU Core Facility Research Fund, Spring, 2019




Sequential mechanisms of cancer metastasis and their interactions with the vascular niche. 2019 - 2020 MWU Student One Health Award to Stephen Simeone (CCOM '20). Role: Faculty Sponsor.