Short CV/Education and training

  • 2020
    Conferment of the title "Associate Professor" by the University Duisburg-Essen, Germany

  • Since 2016
    Leader of the „Neuroimmunology“ at the Leibniz Research Centre for Working Environment and Human Factors (IfADo)

  • 2016 – 2019
    Marie Skłodowska-Curie scholarship holder at Leibniz Research Centre for Working Environment and Human Factors (IfADo)

  • 2015 – 2016
    PostDoc, University of Giessen and Kerckhoff Clinic, Bad Nauheim, Germany

  • 2014
    Maternity leave

  • 2012 – 2013
    PostDoc, The Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, Baltimore MD, USA

  • 2012
    Habilitation, University of Regensburg, Germany

  • 2007 – 2012
    PostDoc, University of Regensburg, Germany

  • 2007
    Ph.D. on Clinical and Experimental Immunology, University of Genoa, Italy and University of Regensburg, Germany

  • 2003
    Diploma in Biology, University of Genoa, Italy

Selected publications

  • Peifer, C.; Hagemann, V.; Claus, M.; Larra, M. F.; Broede, P.; Watzl, C.; Wascher, E.; Capellino, S.: Low self-reported stress despite immune-physiological changes in paramedics during rescue operations

    EXCLI J. 20: 792-811 (2021)

  • van Nie, L.; Salinas-Tejedor, L.; Dychus, N.; Fasbender, Frank; Hülser, M.-L.; Cutolo, M.; Rehart, S.; Capellino, S.: Dopamine induces in vitro migration of synovial fibroblast from patients with rheumatoid arthritis

    Sci. Rep. 10: 11928 (13 pp) (2020)

  • Capellino, S.; Claus, M.; Watzl, C.: Regulation of natural killer cell activity by glucocorticoids, serotonin, dopamine, and epinephrine

    Cell. Mol. Immunol. 17: 705-711 (2020)

  • Novaira HJ, Graceli JB, Capellino S, Schoeffield A, Hoffman GE, Wolfe A, Wondisford F, Radovick S. Development and characterization of novel rat anti-mERβ sera. Endocrinology. 2016;157(7):2844-52.

  • Capellino S, Cosentino M, Luini A, Bombelli R, Lowin T, Cutolo M, Marino F, Straub RH. Increased expression of dopamine receptors in synovial fibroblasts of rheumatoid arthritis patients – inhibitory effects of dopamine on IL-8 and IL-6. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2014;66(10):2685-93

  • Jenei-Lanzl Z, Capellino S, Kees F, Fleck M, Lowin T, Straub RH. Anti-inflammatory effects of cell-based therapy with tyrosine hydroxylase-positive catecholaminergic cells in experimental arthritis. Ann Rheum Dis. 2015;74(2):444-51

  • Capellino S, Gelder M, Weber K, Härle P, Straub RH. First appearance and location of catecholaminergic cells during experimental arthritis, and elimination by chemical sympathectomy. Arthritis Rheum 2012 ;64(4):1110

  • Capellino S, Cosentino M, Wolff C, Schmidt M, Grifka J, Straub RH. Catecholamine-producing cells in the synovial tissue during arthritis: modulation of sympathetic neurotransmitters as new therapeutic target. Ann Rheum Dis. 2010;69(10):1853-60.

  • Capellino S, Montagna P, Villaggio B, Soldano S, Straub RH, Cutolo M. Hydroxylated estrogen metabolites influence the proliferation of cultured human monocytes: possible role in synovial tissue hyperplasia. Clin Exp Rheumatol. 2008;26(5):903-9

  • Straub RH, Grum F, Strauch U, Capellino S, Bataille F, Bleich A, Falk W, Schölmerich J, Obermeier F. Anti-inflammatory role of sympathetic nerves in chronic intestinal inflammation. Gut. 2008;57(7):911-21.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • MARIE CURIE individual Fellowship (EU Horizon2020), Title: DeBoRA (Dopamine and bone metabolism in rheumatoid arthritis)

  • Start-up price funded by the DGRh, Title: The dopamine pathway: a potential therapeutic target for local treatment of rheumatoid arthritis

  • DFG funded grant (CA933/1-1) within the research unit FOR696 (Molecular Analyses and Interactions at Articular Interfaces), Title: Rolle von Tyrosin-Hydroxylase (TH) – positiven Zellen im Rahmen des Entzündungsgeschehens bei Arthritis

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Speaker of the GEBIN (German Endocrine Brain Immune Network)

  • Member of the DGRh (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Rheumatologie) and DHV (Deutscher Hochschulverband)

  • Member of the faculty council at the medical faculty of the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, since 2017

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Mother of two children (7 and 10 years old).


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