Luigi Casella is full professor of General and Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Pavia from 1990. He has been the Chairman of the European COST Chemistry Action D21 "Metalloenzymes and chemical biomimetics", and the coordinator of other European projects in the field of bioinorganic chemistry. His main research interests are in the chemistry of metal enzymes involved in biological oxidation processes. More recently, his research interest has been directed to the understanding of the molecular basis of diseases, that often involve the activation of oxidative processes causing damages of various types to key components of cellular material. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry and of Bioinorganic Chemistry and Applications, and is the author of more than 230 papers in international chemical and biochemical journals and an international patent. He has been the editor with F. Montanari of the book “Metalloporphyrins catalyzed oxidations", by Kluwer (Dordrecht) and is the Editor of volume 6 “Homogeneous catalytic applications” of the series “Comprehensive Inorganic Chemistry II” by Elsevier.