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Dr Annalisa Gastaldello BSc, MSc, PhD

Research Fellow in Immunoproteomics

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Dr Annalisa Gastaldello is a Research Fellow in Biological Sciences, University of Southampton.

Career History

2015-present: Research Fellow. University of Southampton, UK.

Academic Qualifications

2010-2015: MSc & PhD in Cardiovascular Science. University of Edinburgh, UK.
1999-2006: BSc & MSc in Medical Biotechnology. University of Padova, Italy.

Research interests

During my PhD I investigated how a new anti-inflammatory glucocorticoid, namely 5-tetrahydrocorticosterone, works at molecular level to reduce skin inflammation without causing the same side effects (i.e. skin thinning) shown by other classically used steroids such as hydrocortisone.

In the position I am now holding, I will be investigating the immunopeptidome of cells originating from devil facial tumour disease (DFTD) in order to find candidate peptides to use for the development of a vaccine.

Research group

Molecular and Cellular Biosciences

Affiliate research group

Institute for Life Sciences (IfLS)

Research project(s)

Identifying peptide candidates for a vaccine against the contagious cancer, Devil Facial Tumour Disease

Cancer is not usually an infectious disease, but in some cases tumour cells acquire the ability to pass between individuals in a population. We are particularly interested in the two contagious cancers that circulate in the Tasmanian devil population, DFT1 and DFT2. Our research is focused on why and how the MHC system ‘breaks down’ in the case of contagious cancers.

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Dr Annalisa Gastaldello
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences
Life Sciences Building 85
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 85/3041

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