Languages: Italian, English, French, German
1991-1994 PhD (Immunogenetics). Institute of Legal Medicine, University of Mainz, Germany. Score: Magna cum Laude 1.0.
1988-1991 M.S. (Pathology). Post-graduate School of General Pathology, University of Palermo, Italy. Specialty in Pathology. Score: 50/50.
1984-1987 B.S. (Natural Sciences). School of Natural Sciences. University of Palermo, Italy. Score: 110/110 cum laude.
1980-1984 B.S. (Biology). School of Biology, University of Palermo, Italy. Score: 110/110 cum laude.
2007 to date Researcher Scientist (CR) Pasteur Institute, Paris, France.
2005-2007 Research Associate Pasteur Institute, Paris, France.
2001-2005 Research Associate, Rockefeller University, New York, USA.
1998-2001 Post-doctoral associate, Washington University Medical Center. St.Louis, USA.
1994-1998 Post-doctoral fellow, INSERM University of Paris V, France.
1991-1994 Ph.D. student, Institute of Forensic Medicine, University of Mainz, Germany. 1989-1991 Research fellow, Institute of General Pathology, University of Palermo, Italy. 1987-1989 Research fellow, Institute of Developmental Biology, C.N.R., Palermo, Italy.
1984-1987 Scientific advisor, Institute of the Mother and the Child, University of Palermo, Italy. 1982-1984 Undergraduate Student, Department of Cellular and Developmental Biology of the University of Palermo, Italy.
SCIENTIFIC ANIMATION AND RECENT COURSES:
Sept. 2009 Organizing Committee of XXIst Biennial Conference on Phage/Virus Assembly, Veyrier-du-Lac, Annecy, France.
2008 to date Scientific director of the P3 laboratory “Darre” at the Institut Pasteur, Paris.
Nov. 2008 Organizing Committee of “Journées Départementales de Virologie” Institut Pasteur, Paris.
Feb. 2008 CEGOS Course on Project Management, Paris. “Experimentation Animale Niveau 1”, Paris, France.
Nov. 2006 “Experimentation Animale Niveau 1”, Paris, France.
Jan. 2003 Workshop in “Advanced topics in microarray analysis”. NIH, Bethesda, USA.
Sept-Dec 2002: Bard College Course No:NSCI231. Biological Perspectives on Human Disease. Rockefeller University.
MENTORING OF GRADUATE STUDENTS:
2009 to date Tomohiro Mochizuki, PhD. Tutor. Florence Guillere, PhD. Tutor.
2008-2009 Florence Guillere, PhD. Tutor.
2006-2010 Eric Crampon, PhD. Mentor. Structure of wild type and attenuated yellow fever virus envelope protein.
2004 Nicholas Sieger, Rotation student. Cloning in lentiviral vectors of candidate effectors of IFN-induced anti-HCV cellular response.
1995-1997 A. Sabile, Ph.D. Mentor. Interactions between HCV core protein and human apolipoprotein AII.
1995-1997 G. Perlemuter, Ph.D. Mentor. Fibrates action on HCV core protein secretion.
Ad hoc reviewer for: Journal of Virology, Journal of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical and Vaccine Immunology, Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy ASM.
AWARDES AND GRANTS:
2009-2012 ANR-MIE NKTVIR “Mechanisms of activation and role of invariant Natural Killer T lymphocytes during viral infections”, Co- investigator.
2008-2010 PTR N.261 “Vaccines for endemic areas : yellow fever 17D carrying malaria antigens”. Principal Investigator, Pasteur Institute (IP).
1998-1999 Hepatitis C cooperative Center NIH award, NIH grant for young investigator (Grant N.5U19 AI40034-03).
1996-1997 Post-doctoral fellowship, French foundation for medical research (FMR).
1994-1996 Post-doctoral fellowship, French association for cancer research (ARC).
1991-1994 Graduate fellowship, German association for research (DFG).
1987-1989 Student fellowship, Regional health institute (Assessorato alla sanita’ della regione siciliana).