Dr. Marta Romano PhD
MSc in Chemistry, “Université Libre de Bruxelles” (Belgium), 1998
PhD in Applied Biological Sciences, “Vrije Universiteit Brussel” (Belgium), 2005:
PhD Thesis Title: “Immunogenicity and prophylactic efficacy of DNA vaccines encoding Mycobacterium tuberculosis culture filtrate antigens evaluated in the murine model of tuberculosis”.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE / ACTIVITIES:
Head of the “In vivo Models” Unit at Sciensano since 2010 (previous name of the unit in WIV-ISP: “Host-Pathogen Interactions”).
Participation to several international collaborative projects, such as RIIP-funded projects (ACIP and PTR) or EU-FP-funded projects (TBVAC, TBVAC2, NEWTBVAC, TBVAC2020, RABYD-Vax).
Co-promoter of different Master and PhD thesis.
Current research activities include the study of immune responses and the preclinical development of vaccines in experimental models of rabies, yellow fever and mycobacterial infections, the identification and characterization of novel antigens with a vaccine potential, the development of novel adjuvant based on glycolipids of the cell wall of mycobacteria, the study of the influence of mould-induced sensitization to susceptibility to M. tuberculosis.
Authored or co-authored more than 30 peer-reviewed publications.