Federico Iovino is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology at the Karolinska Institutet focusing on bacterial meningitis. He received his PhD in Medical Microbiology from the University of Groningen (The Netherlands) in 2013 before joining MTC for his postdoc.
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).
Dr. Federico Iovino´s 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.
- 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).
2013: Jan Kornelis de Cock-Stichting research grant for PhD students (main applicant).
2012: European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases ESCMID (main applicant).
2010: Boehringer Ingelheim Grant (main applicant)
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.