Maria Luisa Mangoni

Università La Sapienza, Italy

Maria Luisa Mangoni received the Biology degree with honors from the Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy. In 1998, she was awarded a fellowship to work at the Microbiology and Tumor Biology Center (MTC), Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden, where she began studying in depth the role of antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) in innate immunity, using amphibia as an in vivo model system. Boman. In 2002, she received her Ph.D. degree in biochemistry from Sapienza University of Rome. Subsequently, Mangoni was appointed as an Assistant Professor at the second Faculty of Medicine, Azienda Ospedaliera Sant'Andrea, Sapienza University of Rome. In July 2010, she was qualified as an Associate Professor at the University of Camerino, Camerino, Italy. Her current research interests include the following: the functional characterization of AMPs from amphibian skin secretions; the development of experimental procedures to determine their antibacterial, antifungal, antiendotoxin, and cytolytic activities; studies of their mechanism of action on artificial and biological systems; understanding the role of AMPs in the host-defense system; the peptide-membrane interaction; the design of new peptide analogues; the development of natural amphibian peptides as potential drugs. Among her scientific activities, Mangoni was an invited speaker at several international and national conferences.

Biography Updated on 29 August 2012

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