Antonio Lanzavecchia

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 Antonio Lanzavecchia, earned a degree in Medicine from the University of Pavia where he specialized in Paediatrics and in Infectious Diseases. From 1983 to 1999 he was a member of the Basel Institute for Immunology. He is the founding director of the Institute for Research in Biomedicine in Bellinzona and professor of human immunology at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH Zurich. Awarded with the EMBO medal and the Cloëtta prize, he has published more than 250 papers. His research covers several aspects of human immunology: antigen processing and presentation, dendritic cell biology, lymphocyte activation and traffic and the cellular basis of immunological memory. Recently his laboratory developed efficient methods to isolate human monoclonal antibodies, which have been used to dissect the human immune response to pathogens and self antigens.