Raffaella Bonecchi

Associate Professor

General Pathology
Associate Professor Experimental Medicine and Physiopathology Researcher at Humanitas Research Center, Laboratory of Leukocyte Biology.

Raffaella Bonecchi received her degree in biological sciences in 1996 from the University of Milan. Since then she has been working on chemokines and chemokine receptors, first at the Department of Immunology and Cell Biology at the Mario Negri Institute, from 2000 to 2015 at University of Milan, as an assistant professor and since 2016 at Humanitas University as associate professor.

She initially focused on the differential expression of chemokine receptors by T-helper-cell subsets and dendritic cells. More recently, her research efforts have been concentrated on the characterization of the chemokine decoy receptor D6 and on the role of this receptor on tumor biology focusing in particular on the role of cells of innate immunity.


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.