Zuleika Michelini in 1998 received a Ph.D. degree in biological sciences from the University of Rome “La Sapienza,” Rome, Italy. From 1998 to 2002, she served as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Laboratory of Virology, Instituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome, Italy, and since 2002, she has been working as a Research Scientist at the Department of Therapeutic Research and Medicines Evaluation, Pharmacology and Therapy of Viral Diseases Unit, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome, Italy. From June 29, 2007 to October 12, 2007, she worked as a Research Scientist at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, NY, USA: project named Lentiviral Vectors and Their Applications (Scientific Chief, Dr. Mary E. Klotman, Chief of Department of Infectious Diseases). Her honors and awards include a a fellowship at the Department of Animals and Human Biology, University of Rome “La Sapienza” (1997); the XII Mascia Brunelli‘s Prize (1998): In vitro cultures in biological research, Competition for younger researchers edited from the Italian association of Cellular Culture; a fellowship for the research against AIDS, Instituto Superiore di Sanità (2000–2002). Her other related activities include over ten years of intensive biological research investigation in the field of HIV infection and vaccine development, with major expertise in developing Integrase defective lentiviral vectors based on primate lentiviruses (HIV and SIV) as antigen delivery systems to different cell types. She has also experience in using of nonhuman primate and mouse animals model for vaccine immunization protocols against HIV infection, with expertise in humoral and cellular immunity in mice monkeys and humans.
Biography Updated on 23 March 2012