Marinos Kallikourdis

Assistant Professor

Experimental Medicine and Pathophysiology
Research RTD -Tipo B General Pathology – MED 04

Marinos Kallikourdis read Natural Sciences at Trinity College, Cambridge (UK) under the supervision of M.S. Neuberger, where he also received a PhD in Immunology for work done in the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (Cambridge, UK), home of the discovery of DNA structure and the invention of monoclonal and humanized antibodies. He was part of the team, led by A.G. Betz, that first demonstrated the requirement for regulatory T cells in the sustenance of maternal-fetal tolerance and deciphered the mechanism of pregnancy-associated amelioration of Rheumatoid Arthritis. After a short post-doc with A. Viola, he became a Principal Investigator in Humanitas and Assistant Professor of General Pathology and Immunology in the Department of Medical Biotechnology and Translational Medicine, University of Milan. In 2015 he became Assistant Professor of General Pathology and Immunology at Humanitas University. His research group now focuses on cardio-immunology (See next sections).



I formally commenced teaching as a college supervisor for Biochemistry at Trinity College, Cambridge, whilst studying for my PhD. In the collegiate supervision system, emphasis is given at stimulating the students’ ability to use their reasoning in order to ask and decipher complex scientific questions; this centuries-old principle remains a key guideline to how I approach lecturing.

As a faculty member of the University of Milan (2012-2015), I taught Adaptive Immunity modules in the english-language Medical School as well as in the Italian-language BSc and MSc Medical Biotechnology courses. I also ran an elective course, designed to expose students to the uncertain and often contradictory arrangement of information in the scientific literature.

In Humanitas University I teach modules on Adaptive Immunity (and closely related subjects) as part of an integrated course in the Medical Degree Course and the MedTech Degree Course (in english), as well as in the Nursing BSc Course and Nursing MSc Course (in italian). I also run an elective course on scientific communication.


Humanitas is a highly specialized Hospital, Research and Teaching Center. Built around centers for the prevention and treatment of cancer, cardiovascular, neurological and orthopedic disease – together with an Ophthalmic Center and a Fertility Center – Humanitas also operates a highly specialised Emergency Department.