MD, PhD, she is an Infectious Diseases specialist, responsible of the Translational Research Unit at the National Institute for Infectious Diseases in Rome, Italy.
She has clinical duties in the Lung Infectious Diseases outpatient clinic. Her research focus is on tuberculosis immune pathogenesis, tuberculosis immunodiagnostic tests, biomarkers, autophagy, impact of helminth infection on HIV and tuberculosis disease, impact of immune-suppressive therapy on infectious diseases. She also works on the immune-pathogenesis and immune diagnostic tests of echinococcosis.
She is the chair of the ESCMYC group (working on Mycobacteria) at ESCMID
She has ongoing collaborations worldwide (India, Africa, Europe, United States) on the translational aspects of immune assays for tuberculosis
She collaborates with the World Health Organization (WHO) and European Respiratory Society (ERS) on tuberculosis elimination and advocacy
She collaborates with the New Diagnostics Working Group Task Force on tests for progression of latent infection to active disease supported by WHO and FIND
She is academic editor of several journals including Journal of Infection, BMC Infectious Diseases, PLoS ONE.
She is the co-chair of the group working on conventional T cells within the “Collaboration for TB Vaccine Discovery” (CTVD) supported by the Bill and Melissa Gates Foundation
Professor 06/A2-MED/02 in Medical Pathology at the UNICAMILLUS University
She is present in the list of the top Italian scientists from 2014 http://www.topitalianscientists.org/top_italian_scientists.aspx
H index: Scopus 47; Web of Science: 46; Google Scholar 55.