- Bowness Group | Immunology of Ankylosing Spondylitis Research Group
Clinical Research Fellow
My research focuses on the Th17 immune response in Spondyloarthritides. Th17 are strong effector cells that can mediate inflammation and damage in a number of inflammatory diseases including Ankylosing Spondylitis and Psoriatic Arthritis. Moreover, recent studies have suggested that Th17 are a very plastic cell subset. My research intends to explore, in human inflammatory arthritis, the factors influencing Th17 differentiation and pathogenicity. Our long-term aim is to develop new therapies to inhibit these immune responses.
After graduating from medical school at the Catholic University in Rome, in May 2015 I completed my training in rheumatology, during which I have been involved in both clinic and research on Spondyloarthritis. My research in Oxford is supported by the Italian Society for Rheumatology in association with the BSR.