Gavino Faa gained his medical doctor degree in 1977 and his board certificate in anatomic pathology in 1980. He became Associate Professor in Pathology in 1986 and Full Professor of Pathology in 1994 at the University of Cagliari. In 1994 he became Head of the Department of Pathology of the University Teaching Hospital at the University of Cagliari. He was Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Cagliari from 2002 to 2008. He was President of the Italian College of Full Professors in Pathology from 2007 to 2009. He is Adjunct Professor at Temple University, Philadelphia from 2012. His major research interests are gastrointestinal and liver disease, metals in medicine, nephrogenesis, developmental pathology and fetal programming of adult kidney and brain diseases. He has been author and co-author of more than 300 articles in international journals and books.