Emanuela Corsini is currently an Associate Professor in toxicology at the School of Pharmacy at the Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy. She got her Ph.D. degree in food and environmental toxicology in 1993 at the Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy. She is currently the Head of the Laboratory of Immunotoxicology and Immunopharmacology, which is part of the Laboratories of Toxicology directed by Professor C. L. Galli. Her research program encompasses three distinct areas of immunotoxicology. At present, the primary focus of her laboratory centers on the refinement of alternative in vitro tests to identify and discriminate contact allergens from irritants and respiratory sensitizers, based on the use of DC-like cells and keratinocytes, and to classify allergens according to their potency. The other area of research centers on the understanding at the molecular level the mechanism of action of immunotoxic/immunomodulatory compounds (i.e., perfluorinated compounds, pesticides, vegetal extracts) on innate and adaptive immunity. Finally, immunosenescence represents the other area of interest of her laboratory. Specifically, studies are being conducted to define the role of RACK-1 and protein kinase C in the decline or remodeling of the immune responses associated with aging and to identify compounds able to reverse such changes (i.e., DHEA, natural extracts). She is the author of more than 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals and 20 book chapters.
Biography Updated on 13 February 2012