| March 18, 2003
Stefania Gallucci, MD, Joins the
Department of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania
School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor
PA) - Stefania Gallucci, MD, has been appointed
Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics
at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
Dr. Gallucci's research focuses on the initiation and
regulation of the immune response. Her laboratory specifically
studies dendritic cells (DCs), the most important antigen-presenting
cells that are in charge of stimulating an immune response.
Together with her colleagues, she is investigating the
function and life span of DCs, depending on their state
of activation, the type of immune response they elicit
and the inflammatory environment surrounding them. Her
lab is also interested in understanding the role of
DCs in the autoimmune disorder systemic lupus erythematosus.
Dr. Gallucci hopes to discover new ways to prolong the
function of DCs to improve DC-based and other innovative
vaccines needed to fight tumors and infectious diseases.
Her work has been published in numerous journals including
Autoimmunity, Clinical Experimental Immunology
and Nature Medicine.
Dr. Gallucci, a native of Italy, earned her MD (magna
cum laude) from Catholic University of Sacred Heart
Medical School in Rome, Italy. She performed her residency
in Clinical Pathology there also. Her Fellowship in
Immunology was completed in the Laboratory of Cellular
and Molecular Immunology at the National Institute of
Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National
Institutes of Health.
She is a member of the American Association of Immunologists
and was last invited to lecture at the conference, 'Keystone
Symposium on Dendritic Cells: Interfaces with Immunobiology
and Medicine' in New Mexico.
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