Carlo Chizzolini was born in 1954 and obtained his M.D. degree in 1979 at the School of Medicine, University of Parma, Italy, where he specialized in allergy and clinical immunology in 1983. In the following 10 years, he was involved in a research program aiming at the development of a malaria vaccine. To this aim, he worked in Geneva from 1983 to 1986, then he moved to Gabon, equatorial Africa, an endemic area for Plasmodium falciparum malaria, and from 1989 to 1990 he joined the Malaria Branch at the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Ga, USA. During the following thee years, he headed the Immunology Department at Fidia Research Laboratories, Padua, Italy, where he was interested in autoimmune phenomena leading to pathologies affecting both the central and the peripheral nervous system. Since April 1994, he has been with the Division of Immunology and Allergy, Geneva University Hospital (Switzerland), where he is currently an Associated Professor. Dr. Chizzolini cares for individuals suffering of systemic autoimmune diseases, particularly systemic lupus erythematosus, systemic vasculitis, and systemic sclerosis. He runs a research laboratory entitled: Fibrosis and Inflammation mostly involved in investigating the role of T cells and autoantibodies in inflammatory reactions leading to excessive fibrosis. He actively participates to teaching courses in immunology at the Geneva Medical School.
Biography Updated on 7 November 2010