Andrea Crisanti was born in Rome, Italy, in 1954. He received a medical degree (summa cum laude) from the University of Rome 'la Sapienza' in 1979 and, after a brief internship, was awarded a 3-year fellowship from the Italian Research Council to train in immunology and biotechnology. He then spent 3 years in the laboratory of Professor Harald von Boehmer, obtaining a postgraduate degree in immunology and biotechnology. Following this, Crisanti was awarded an EMBO scholarship as a Research Fellow at the laboratory of Hermann Bujard at the Zentrum Molekulare Biologie at the University of Heidelberg. In 1990, he joined the Department of Medical Parasitology at the University of Rome before moving in 1995 to the Imperial College London, where he has been a Professor of molecular parasitology since 2000. Since 2001, he is also a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Medecine in Perugia, Italy. His research interests are divided between basic parasitology, such as the study of the parasite surface proteins and the of profiling immune responses to parasites using novel high-throughput technologies, and generating new genetic approaches to malaria control through genetic manipulation of the mosquito vector. His laboratory has produced several important publications in both fields, notably the characterization of the thrombospondin-related anonymous protein in malaria parasites, the first demonstration of a genetic transformation technology for mosquito vectors of malaria. He has been the principle grant holder on a number of grants received from the Wellcome Trust, BBSRC, and the Italian Research Council, and he is a Joint Member of a Bill and Melinda Gates Grand Challenges in Global Health grant and several European-wide research programs in the FP5, FP6, and FP7 programs. He is currently the head and a coordinator of large infrastructure grant which aims to coordinate across the European Union the output and infrastructure relating to research on insect vectors of disease.
Biography Updated on 13 December 2009