Short CV/Education and training

  • 1995 – 1999
    University of Basel (CH) Faculty of Philosophische Naturwissenschaften (Phil. Nat.), Direction: Biology II (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)

  • 1998 – 1999
    Diploma-Work (master equivalent) in the laboratory of Pediatric Immunology, University and Children/University Hospital of Basel, Basel, Switzerland

  • 1999
    Diploma in Phil. Nat., Biology II (Biochemistry and molecular biology), University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland. Direction: Cellbiology/Immunology

  • 2000 – 2003
    PhD-Program at the University of Basel, Laboratory of Pediatric Immunology, University and Children/University Hospital of Basel, Basel, Switzerland Supervision: Prof. Dr. G.A. Holländer; Direction: Cellbiology

  • 2003 – 2004
    Postdoctoral position in the laboratory of Pediatric Immunology Prof. Georg Hollander, DBM, University and Children/University Hospital of Basel, Basel, Switzerland

  • 2004 – 2007
    Postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Immunity and Infection, Anatomy. Prof. Graham Anderson, Institute for Biomedical Research, University of Birmingham, UK. This position formed part of the European Union funded FP6 Integrated Project ‘Thymaide’, that is a collection of international laboratories investigating aspects of thymus development and function.

  • 2007 – 2008
    Postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Transplantation Immunology, Prof. Ed Palmer,DBM, University and University Hospital of Basel, Basel, Switzerland

  • 2008
    Awarded with the „Förderungsprofessur“ from the Swiss National Foundation

  • Since 2009
    Principal investigator in the context of the Förderrungsprofessur-Program from the Swiss National Foundation at the Department of Biomedicine, University Hospital Basel, Basel, Switzerland. Main focus: Immunoregulation in inflammation and tolerance.

Selected publications

  • Rossi SW, Chidgey AP, Parnell SM, Jenkinson WE, Scott HS, Boyd RL, Jenkinson EJ, Anderson G. Redefining epithelial progenitor potential in the developing thymus, Eur J Immunol, Sep 2007; 37(9): 2411-8 (Impact factor: 4.865)

  • Rossi SW, Kim MY, Leibbrandt A, Parnell SM, Jenkinson WE, Glanville SH, McConnell FM, Scott HS, Penninger JM, Jenkinson EJ, Lane PJ, Anderson G. RANK signals from CD4(+)+3(-)- inducer cells regulate development of Aire-expressing epithelial cells in the thymic medulla J Exp Med, May 2007; 204(6): 1267-72; (Impact factor: 15.463)

  • Rossi SW, Jeker LT, Ueno T, Kuse S, Keller MP, Zuklys S, Gudkov AV, Takahama Y, Krenger W, Blazar BR, Hollander GA. Keratinocyte growth factor (KGF) enhances postnatal T- cell development via enhancements in proliferation and function of thymic epithelial cells, Blood, May 2007; 109(9): 3803-11, (Impact factor: 10.432)

  • Rossi SW, Jenkinson WE, Anderson G, Jenkinson EJ. Clonal analysis reveals a common progenitor for thymic cortical and medullary epithelium, Nature, Jun 2006; 441(7096): 988-91, (Impact factor: 28.751)

  • Rossi S, Blazar BR, Farrell CL, Danilenko DM, Lacey DL, Weinberg KI, Krenger W, Hollander GA. Keratinocyte growth factor preserves normal thymopoiesis and thymic microenvironment during experimental graft-versus-host disease, Blood, Jul 2002; 100(2): 682-91, (Impact factor: 10.120)


Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the British Society of Immunology (BSI), 2005 – 2006

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • Project leader position on Immunology/Immunoregulation


Other activities and achievements/family

  • Married, two children


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