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About me

I was born in Pavia (Italy) on December 28th 1984. Since middle school I have always had interest for science and biology. After my undergraduate university studies in Biological Sciences, after 24 years spent in my small hometown I decided it was time to change. I moved to Groningen, north of The Netherlands, where I spent almost five years. In Groningen, I met an italian girl that a couple of years later became my wife and I got my PhD in Medical Microbiology. At the end of 2013 we decided to move further north and Stockholm became our new "home", a great city where we are still living with our daughter Leila. 


2013: PhD in Medical Microbiology (University of Groningen, The Netherlands).

2008: Master in Experimental and Applied Biology, Class of Human Biology and Biomedical Sciences (University of Pavia, Italy).

2006: Bachelor in Biological Sciences, Class of Human Biology and Biomedical Sciences (University of Pavia, Italy).

Research description

Dr. Federico Iovino joined the Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology (MTC) as a postdoctoral research fellow in December 2013, immediately after his PhD graduation in Medical Microbiology at the University of Groningen (Groningen, The Netherlands) in November 2013. Federico´s research focuses on the pathogenesis of bacterial meningitis.

Fields of research:

Biology of Streptococcus pneumoniae as cause of bacterial meningitis: Identification and characterization of the virulence factors that enable the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae to penetrate the blood-brain barrier and cause meningitis.
Discovery of new meningitis therapies: Development of new therapeutic strategies to block the interaction of Streptococcus pneumoniae with the blood-brain barrier preventing the occurrence of meningitis.
Microglial early sensing of invading pathogens: Study of how microglia, the macrophages of the brain, are able to sense the presence of bacteria when pathogens are still within the blood-brain barrier vasculature and not yet in the brain.

Teaching portfolio

- Coordinator Lecturer of the Bacteriology Course (Infection and Immunity) for Biomedicine bachelor students.

- Teacher of Medical Microbiology for second year Medical students.


Academic honors, awards and prizes


2016: Karolinska Institutet KID grant (co-applicant). Project title: Molecular mechanisms of pneumococcal meningitis.

2013: Jan Kornelis de Cock-Stichting research grant for PhD students (main applicant). Project title: Study the role of PECAM-1/CD31 expressed on brain endothelial cells in Streptococcus pneumoniae pathogenesis during meningitis.

2012: European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases ESCMID (main applicant). Travel grant used to participate at the “Significance of experimental models for studying bacterial sepsis and meningitis” Postgraduate technical Workshop in Siena, Italy.

2010: Boehringer Ingelheim Grant (main applicant) used as fellowship for the period as visiting Ph.D. student in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (San Antonio, Texas, USA).


Academic distinctions

2014: SpotLight of Infection & Immunity (peer-review international journal)

The manuscript “F. Iovino et al., Infection and Immunity. 82: 3555-66 (2014)” selected by the editorial board as article of significant interest.

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