Associate Professor
Pharmaceutical Sciences

MEMPHIS TN 381632198
Tel: (901) 448-7178


  • M.B.A., University of Memphis, Tennessee, Finance
  • Ph.D., University of Akron, Ohio, Biochemistry
  • M.S., University of Messina, Italy, Biological sciences

Research Description

Implementation of high resolution mass spectrometry (Waters Synapt G2-Si) to study protein dynamics in diffrent biological systems including cells, tissues and biofluids with a focus on:

Oxidative stress, inflammation and autoimmunity in age-related macular degeneration

Mitochondrial dysfunction in heart disease 

Phosphoproteome discovery in human pituitary; quantification of phosphorylated GH

Novel bioanalytical strategies for proteomics

Research Interest/Specialty

 Proteomics and phosphoproteomics; biological mass spectrometry; protein analytics; protein chemistry and enzymology.

Research Keywords

  Proteomics; bioanalytics; mass spectrometry; protein chemistry.


  1. Beranova-Giorgianni, S, Giorgianni, F. Proteomics of Human Retinal Pigment Epithelium (RPE) Cells. Proteomes, 6 (2), 2018.
  2. Iannaccone, A, Hollingsworth, TJ, Koirala, D, New, DD, Lenchik, NI, Beranova-Giorgianni, S, Gerling, IC, Radic, MZ, Giorgianni, F.. Retinal pigment epithelium and microglia express the CD5 antigen-like protein, a novel autoantigen in age-related macular degeneration. Exp. Eye Res. (155), 64-74, 2017.
  3. Giorgianni, F, Beranova-Giorgianni, S. Phosphoproteome Discovery in Human Biological Fluids. Proteomes, 4 (4), 2016.
  4. Iannaccone, A, Giorgianni, F, New, DD, Hollingsworth, TJ, Umfress, A, Alhatem, AH, Neeli, I, Lenchik, NI, Jennings, BJ, Calzada, JI, Satterfield, S, Mathews, D, Diaz, RI, Harris, T, Johnson, KC, Charles, S, Kritchevsky, SB, Gerling, IC, Beranova-Giorgianni, S, Radic, MZ, ,. Circulating Autoantibodies in Age-Related Macular Degeneration Recognize Human Macular Tissue Antigens Implicated in Autophagy, Immunomodulation, and Protection from Oxidative Stress and Apoptosis. PLoS One, 10 (12), e0145323, 2015.
  5. Dong, Q, Giorgianni, F, Deng, X, Beranova-Giorgianni, S, Bridges, D, Park, EA, Raghow, R, Elam, MB. Phosphorylation of sterol regulatory element binding protein-1a by protein kinase A (PKA) regulates transcriptional activity. Biochem Biophys Res Commun, 449 (4), 449-54, 2014.
  6. Giorgianni, F, Koirala, D, Weber, KT, Beranova-Giorgianni, S. Proteome analysis of subsarcolemmal cardiomyocyte mitochondria: a comparison of different analytical platforms. Int J Mol Sci, 15 (6), 9285-301, 2014.
  7. Giorgianni, F, Usman Khan, M, Weber, KT, Gerling, IC, Beranova-Giorgianni, S. Phosphoproteome mapping of cardiomyocyte mitochondria in a rat model of heart failure. Mol Cell Biochem, 389 (1-2), 159-67, 2014.
  8. Giorgianni, F, Koirala, D, Beranova-Giorgianni, S.. Proteomics of the human pituitary: bioanalytical methods and applications.. Bioanalysis, 2014.
  9. Giorgianni, F, Mileo, V, Desiderio, DM, Catinella, S, Beranova-Giorgianni, S. Characterization of the phosphoproteome in human bronchoalveolar lavage fluid. Int J Proteomics, 2012, 460261, 2012.
  10. Chen, L, Fang, B, Giorgianni, F, Gingrich, JR, Beranova-Giorgianni, S. Investigation of phosphoprotein signatures of archived prostate cancer tissue specimens via proteomic analysis. Electrophoresis, 32 (15), 1984-91, 2011.
  11. Wang, X, Tong, Y, Giorgianni, F, Beranova-Giorgianni, S, Penn, JS, Jablonski, MM. Cellular retinol binding protein 1 modulates photoreceptor outer segment folding in the isolated eye. Dev Neurobiol, 70 (9), 623-35, 2010.
  12. Nookala, S, Gandrakota, R, Wohabrebbi, A, Wang, X, Howell, D, Giorgianni, F, Beranova-Giorgianni, S, Desiderio, DM, Jablonski, MM. In search of the identity of the XAP-1 antigen: a protein localized to cone outer segments. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci, 51 (5), 2736-43, 2010.
  13. Chen, L, Giorgianni, F, Beranova-Giorgianni, S. Characterization of the phosphoproteome in LNCaP prostate cancer cells by in-gel isoelectric focusing and tandem mass spectrometry. J Proteome Res, 9 (1), 174-8, 2010.
  14. Beranova-Giorgianni, S, Desiderio, DM, Giorgianni, F. Phosphoproteome analysis by in-gel isoelectric focusing and tandem mass spectrometry. Methods Mol Biol, 519, 383-96, 2009.
  15. Wang, X, Nookala, S, Narayanan, C, Giorgianni, F, Beranova-Giorgianni, S, McCollum, G, Gerling, I, Penn, JS, Jablonski, MM. Proteomic analysis of the retina: removal of RPE alters outer segment assembly and retinal protein expression. Glia, 57 (4), 380-92, 2009.
  16. Suzuki, T, Elias, BC, Seth, A, Shen, L, Turner, JR, Giorgianni, F, Desiderio, D, Guntaka, R, Rao, R. PKC eta regulates occludin phosphorylation and epithelial tight junction integrity. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 106 (1), 61-6, 2009.
  17. Elias, BC, Suzuki, T, Seth, A, Giorgianni, F, Kale, G, Shen, L, Turner, JR, Naren, A, Desiderio, DM, Rao, R. Phosphorylation of Tyr-398 and Tyr-402 in occludin prevents its interaction with ZO-1 and destabilizes its assembly at the tight junctions. J Biol Chem, 284 (3), 1559-69, 2009.
  18. Pabst, MJ, Pabst, KM, Handsman, DB, Beranova-Giorgianni, S, Giorgianni, F. Proteome of monocyte priming by lipopolysaccharide, including changes in interleukin-1beta and leukocyte elastase inhibitor. Proteome Sci, 6, 13, 2007.
  19. Giorgianni, F, Zhao, Y, Desiderio, DM, Beranova-Giorgianni, S. Toward a global characterization of the phosphoproteome in prostate cancer cells: identification of phosphoproteins in the LNCaP cell line. Electrophoresis, 28 (12), 2027-34, 2007.
  20. Sheth, P, Seth, A, Atkinson, KJ, Gheyi, T, Kale, G, Giorgianni, F, Desiderio, DM, Li, C, Naren, A, Rao, R. Acetaldehyde dissociates the PTP1B-E-cadherin-beta-catenin complex in Caco-2 cell monolayers by a phosphorylation-dependent mechanism. Biochem J, 402 (2), 291-300, 2007.
  21. Beranova-Giorgianni, S, Zhao, Y, Desiderio, DM, Giorgianni, F. Phosphoproteomic analysis of the human pituitary. Pituitary, 9 (2), 109-20, 2006.
  22. Zhao, Y, Giorgianni, F, Desiderio, DM, Fang, B, Beranova-Giorgianni, S. Toward a global analysis of the human pituitary proteome by multiple gel-based technology. Anal Chem, 77 (16), 5324-31, 2005.
  23. Zhan, X, Giorgianni, F, Desiderio, DM. Proteomics analysis of growth hormone isoforms in the human pituitary. Proteomics, 5 (5), 1228-41, 2005.
  24. Giorgianni, F, Cappiello, A, Beranova-Giorgianni, S, Palma, P, Trufelli, H, Desiderio, DM. LC-MS/MS analysis of peptides with methanol as organic modifier: improved limits of detection. Anal Chem, 76 (23), 7028-38, 2004.
  25. Tannu, NS, Rao, VK, Chaudhary, RM, Giorgianni, F, Saeed, AE, Gao, Y, Raghow, R. Comparative proteomes of the proliferating C(2)C(12) myoblasts and fully differentiated myotubes reveal the complexity of the skeletal muscle differentiation program. Mol Cell Proteomics, 3 (11), 1065-82, 2004.