Valeria Cento

Associate Professor

Microbiology and Clinical Microbiology
Associate Professor; President of BSc in Biomedical Laboratory Techniques; Director of the Postgraduate Residency Program for Microbiology and Virology


  • 2011-2017 Medicine and Surgery Degree, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Rome, Italy
  • 2008-2011 PhD in Medical Microbiology and Immunology, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Rome, Italy
  • 2006-2008 Second level degree in Medical Biotechnologies, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Rome, Italy
  • 2003-2006 First level degree in Biotechnologies, Universita’ degli Studi di SIENA, Siena, Italy

Teaching appointments

  • Medtec – Microbiology module in the Pathology, Immunology and Microbiology integrated course
  • Medicine and Surgery – Clinical Microbiology module in the Mechanisms of diseases II and in the Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology integrated courses
  • Nursing – Microbiologia e Microbiologia Clinica module in the Promozione della salute e della sicurezza nella comunità integrated course
  • Physioterapy –Microbiologia module in the Scienze Biologiche integrated course
  • Medical Laboratory Techinicians – Microbiologia Generale module in the Immunologia, Patologia e Microbiologia integrated course
  • Teacher in the Schools of Specialization in Internal Medicine, and Hygiene and Preventive Medicine

Academic background

  • 2020-2021 Assistant professor at Department of Oncology and Hemato-Oncology, Università degli Studi di Milano, Milano, Italy
  • 2012-2018 Post-doc fellow at Department of Experimental Medicine and Surgery, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Rome, Italy

Present academic appointment

Associate professor in Microbiology and Clinical Microbiology

Other institutional appointments

President of the Degree in “Tecniche di Laboratorio Biomedico” – Humanitas University

Scientific Responsible of Microbiology Laboratory – IRCCS Humanitas Research Hospital

Affiliations (for those who also have an external affiliation)

  1. Department of Biomedical Sciences, Humanitas University, Via Rita Levi Montalcini 4, 20072 Pieve Emanuele – Milan, Italy
  2. IRCCS Humanitas Research Hospital, Via Manzoni 56, 20089 Rozzano – Milan, Italy

Academic honors, awards and prices

Award for the best oral communication at the “3rd Italian Congress on AIDS and Retrovirus”, Florence (Italy) (co-author, Santoro et al.) 2011
Award for the best “Poster of Basic Sciences” at the 49th A.I.S.F. – Italian Association for the Study of the Liver, Rome (Italy) (co-author Sorbo M.C. et al.) 2016
CROI-ICAR 2017 Award for Italian Scientific Research 2017
Award for the best oral communication in Clinical Hepatitis at the IX ICAR National Congress, Siena (Italy) 2017
First prize in the “Clinical Studies” session in the Under 40 Infection Lab project, Bologna (Italy) 2017
Scientific Secretariat of the 10th and 11th National ICAR Congresses (Italian Conference on AIDS and Antiviral Research), Rome (Italy) 2017, 2018
Scientific jury of the Under 40 Infection Lab 2018 and 2019 projects 2018, 2019
Reviewer for numerous national and international scientific journals




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.