Senior Project Leader, Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics, Siena, Italy
After obtaining her degree in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technology in 1985 at the
University of Naples, Italy, Mariagrazia Pizza worked as postdoctoral fellow at the European
Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany.
Back in Italy in December 1986, she
started doing research work at I.R.I.S. (formerly Sclavo Research Center) now part of Novartis
Vaccines and Diagnostics, in Siena.
She currently holds the position of Senior Project Leader, Bacteriology.
Her main focus area is the identification of a vaccine against Meningococcus B using the reverse vaccinology approach.
She has received several research awards, is an EMBO member since 2000, has published
over 130 papers in peer-reviewed journals and has been invited regularly to present at
international vaccine meetings.
Vaccines for the 21st Century Society ( 953KB)
Vaccines have been one of the major revolutions in the history of mankind and, during the 20th
century, they eliminated most of the childhood diseases that used to cause millions of deaths. In
the 21st century, vaccines will also play a major role in safeguarding people's health.
by the innovation derived from new technologies, vaccines will address the new needs of the
21st century society characterized by increased life expectancy, emerging infections, and poverty
in-low income countries.