Short CV/Education and training

  • 1978 – 1984
    University of Rome "La Sapienza", Medical School, Rome, Italy

  • 1984
    M.D., University of Rome "La Sapienza", Rome, Italy

  • 1984 – 1987
    Residency in Allergy and Immunology, University of Rome "La Sapienza," Italy

  • 1987 – 1991
    Ph.D. (Immunology), University of Rome, Italy

Selected publications

  • Author of more than 300 indexed articles and chapter of books. Among them:

  • Ensoli B., et al. AIDS-Kaposi's sarcoma-derived cells express cytokines with autocrine and paracrine growth effects. Science. 243:223-226, 1989.

  • Ensoli B., et al. Tat protein of HIV-1 stimulates growth of cells derived from Kaposi's sarcoma lesions of AIDS patients. Nature. 344:84-86, 1990.

  • Ensoli B., et al. Synergy between basic fibroblast growth factor and HIV-1 Tat protein in induction of Kaposi's sarcoma. Nature 371: 674-680, 1994.

  • Cafaro A., et al. Control of SHIV89.6P-infection of cynomolgus monkeys by HIV-1 Tat protein vaccine. Nat. Med. 5:643-650, 1999.

  • Sgadari C., et al. HIV protease inhibitors are potent anti-angiogenic molecules and promote regression of Kaposi's sarcoma. Nat. Med., 8:225-232, 2002.


Selected projects

  • Conduction of clinical trials of vaccines against HIV/AIDS in Italy and South Africa.

  • Scientific responsible of the project funded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs titled Program to support the Ministry of Health of South Africa in the implementation of a national program of global response to HIV & AIDS.

  • Coordination of the AIDS Vaccine Integrated Project (AVIP) and the Very Innovative AIDS Vaccine (VIAV), and participation as partner to the Integrated Project Mucosal Vaccines for Poverty Related Diseases (MUVAPRED) and the Network of Excellence European Vaccines and Microbicides Enterprise (EUROPRISE).

  • All these projects have been funded by the EU Commission within the 6 Framework Program.

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Vice President of the Natural Sciences Committee, UNESCO

  • Member of the WHO-UNAIDS Vaccine Advisory Committee

  • Member of EMBO

  • Co-Vice President and Member of the Presidential Committee of the AIDS National Commission, Ministry of Health

  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Health Status Report 2011 (RSSP), Ministry of Health

  • Member of the Scientific Council of The European Research Council (ERC)

Additional qualifications

  • Authorised User for Radioactive Compounds, Radiation safety branch, National Institute of Health (NIH), Bethesda, Maryland, USA, 1986

  • Molecular Biology course "Special topics in recombinant DNA technology", Biotrac, Foundation for Advanced Education in the Science, NIH, Bethesda, Maryland, USA, 1988

  • Biochemistry's course of "Separation techniques", Biotrac, Foundation for Advanced Education in the Science, NIH, Bethesda, Maryland, USA, 1989

  • Responsible Supervisor for Radioactive compounds, National Safety Branch, National Institute of Health (NIH), Bethesda, Maryland, USA, 1993


Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • One beloved son, one lovely female cat, good walker and swimmer


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