Dr. Giulia Pasqual received her M.Sc. degree in Medical Biotechnology at University of Padova in 2007. In 2011 she obtained a PhD in Life Sciences from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, working under the supervision of Prof. Stefan Kunz. Her thesis elucidated the mechanism of entry into the host cell of human pathogenic arenaviruses, a family of emerging viruses responsible for severe hemorrhagic fevers in Africa and South America. From 2012 to 2018 Dr. Pasqual was a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Prof. Gabriel D. Victora, first at the Massachusetts Institute of Technlogy and later at the Rockefeller University, USA. During this period she developed an innovative technology to measure cell-cell interactions in the immune system and used this novel experimental approach to study T cell activation in vivo. Her work has been featured in Nature Methods and Nature TechBlog. It has been covered by several news outlets, by social media (tweeted more than 600 times), and is a recommended reading in Faculty of 1000. The technology she developed is also the content of a granted patent. In 2018 she joined the Fondazione Istituto Ricerca Pediatrica Città della Speranza as junior principal investigator.
Over the years Dr. Pasqual has been awarded several international research fellowships, including the Swiss National Science Foundation Mobility Fellowship, the Cancer Research Institute Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship and the L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Fellowship. Her scientific achievements have been recognized by the Regeneron Prize for Creative Innovation (finalist, 2018) and the Career Development Award from the Rockefeller University (2017).
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