Lucia Lopalco obtained her Ph.D. degree in 1983 in immunology and microbiology at University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy. She carried out her Postdoctoral training in the Department of Immunology and Microbiology, University of Veterinary Medicine, Milan, Italy, till 1985. Then she moved to the Department of Biology and Genetic for Medical Science, University of Milan, Milan, Italy. In 1990 Lopalco moved to the Institute of Cancer Research, Chester Beatty Laboratories in London, directed by John P. Moore, as a Visiting Scientist. Since 1991 she has been working at the San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milan, Italy, and since 2000 she has been serving as the Head of the Research Unit of the Immunobiology of HIV Unit. In 2005 Lopalco moved to Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA, for a sabbatical year as Visiting Professor. Her research interest is focused on HIV/AIDS and in particular on viral host interaction and immunological mechanisms of natural protection against HIV infection. Recently, her research interest has extended in the area of mucosal immunology and in particular in the generation of a vaccine to prevent HIV sexual transmission. She is the author of 81 original articles published in peer-reviewed journals with an h-index of 28 and she is ad hoc reviewer of 24 indexed international journals including BLOOD, The Journal of Immunology, Retrovirology, and AIDS.
Biography Updated on 7 June 2013