Daniela M. Cirillo

San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Italy


Daniela Maria Cirillo MD, PhD, is a board certified clinical microbiologist, Head of the Emerging Bacterial Pathogens Unit at the San Raffaele Scientific Institute (HSR) in Milan, Italy since 2002. She is member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Group of StopTB Department (WHO), Global Green Light Committee (gGLC) and Co-Chair of the New Diagnostic Working Group of the stop TB partnership The main activities carried out by the Unit are research on new diagnostic for MDR/XDR-TB, M.tuberculosis pathogenesis, virulence markers and, as WHO Tuberculosis SupraNational Reference Laboratory, providing technical assistance for implementation of new tools for tuberculosis diagnosis, Quality Assurance Programmes, molecular typing of and first and second line M tuberculosis drug sensitivity testing. Dr Cirillo’s areas of expertise include clinical bacteriology and infection control, molecular typing of Multidrug resistant organisms, TB Laboratory strengthening, DRS and operational research protocols development , training packages development , research on new diagnostics for active and latent TB Infections, nosocomial infection. Currently, she is involved in the implementation on molecular technology (LPAs an Xpert TB-MDR)for Tb diagnosis in several high burden low resources settings. She is the coordinator of two FP7 projects approved by the EU aimed at development of new diagnostic tools and at the development of an European network for study and clinical management of TB drug resistance. She serves as a peer reviewer for the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, European Respiratory Journal, Journal of Clinical Microbiology, Emerging Infectious Disease, Clinical Infectious Diseases. She is a native Italian speaker, fluent in English and conversant in French.

Biography Updated on 4 September 2012

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