(Philadelphia, 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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