Assistant ProfessorExperimental Medicine and Pathophysiology
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 junior 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.
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 a segment of the Mechanisms of Diseases integrated course in the Medical Degree Course and the Medtec Degree Course (in english), as well as in the Nursing Course and Nursing MSc Course (in italian), in all cases with a focus on Adaptive Immunity and closely related subjects. I also run an elective course on scientific communication.