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Following a degree in Biological Sciences (1991) and a PhD in Evolutionary Biology (1995) at the Dept. of Biological Sciences of the University of Padua, Italy, Prof. Viola joined the Basel Institute of Immunology (Basel, Switzerland) where she worked as a Scientific Member for 4 years In 1999, thanks to a prestigious EMBO fellowship Prof. Viola returned to Italy at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) – Monterotondo (Rome), and in 2001 joined the Venetian Institute of Molecular Medicine (VIMM) – Padova, where she established her research group in immunology (2001-2007). Between 2006 and 2014, Prof. Viola also led her research group at the Humanitas Research Hospital (Rozzano, Milan).
Since 2015, Antonella Viola has been a Full Professor of General Pathology at the Dept. of Biomedical Sciences of the University of Padua. Prof. Viola was also the Deputy Director of the VIMM from 2015 until 2017, when she was appointed Scientific Director of the Fondazione Istituto di Ricerca Pediatrica Città della Speranza
Prof. Viola has coordinated several national and international research projects aimed at investigating the immune system. Over the years, Prof. Viola has attended several events and conferences in research institutes all around the world as an invited speaker, most notably at the Imperial College (London, UK), the Institut Pasteur (Paris, France), the Harvard Medical School (Boston, USA), Oxford University (Oxford, UK), the Medical Research Council (MRC – Cambridge, UK) and the Jefferson University (Philadelphia, USA).
During her career, Prof. Viola has been a member of the Italian Association for Cancer Research (AIRC) and scientific grant reviewer for several national and international funding agencies, including the European Research Council (ERC) Scientific excellence grants. For her outstanding contribution to the field of immunology, Prof. Viola was the recipient of several awards such as the Roche Prize for Immunology in 1997, the Cancer Research Institute Investigator Award (New York) in 2005 and the Chiara d’Onofrio Foundation award in 2008. In 2006, Prof. Viola was honoured with the titles ‘EMBO young investigator’ and subsequently with the title ‘EMBO member’ in 2016, first woman at the University of Padua and in the entire Northeast Italy to receive such an achievement. Over the years, Prof. Viola has secured several research grants, among which the prestigious ERC Advanced Investigator grant.
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