User Biography : Dr Antonella Marangoni Antonella Marangoni was born in Bologna on September 21st, 1969. She graduated summa cum laude in Biological Science at the Alma Mater Studiorum, the University of Bologna, in 1993. She received her specialization degree in microbiology and virology from the University of Bologna in 1997, presenting a thesis on “Surface proteins and pathogenicity of Borrelia anserina.” She received her Ph.D. degree in microbiology from the University of Genoa in 2002, discussing a thesis on the immunity against spirochetal infections. She currently holds a position as Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Bologna. Her research work mainly refers to spirochetes and chlamydiae. She has studied the interaction between Kupffer cells and spirochetes, with both in vivo and in vitro models. The ability of several cathelicidins to kill, in vitro, borreliae, leptospirae, and Treponema pallidum has been investigated, and a newly identified antigen (TprI) belonging to the Tprs family has been cloned and expressed. She has demonstrated that surface proteins in Borrelia anserina, belonging to vmp family, are the principal pathogenicity determinants in experimental infections in chicks. She has studied the interaction between Kupffer cells and Chlamydia pneumoniae, in a mouse experimental infection model. Her interests are also focused on laboratory diagnosis of several infections. In particular, infections due to spirochetes, sexually transmitted diseases, and maternal-foetal infections.
Biography Updated on 30 April 2013