Nicoletta Basilico

Nicoletta Basilico Ph.D.

Department of Biomedical Sciences. University of Milan


Assistant Professor



Nicoletta Basilico is Assistant Professor of General Pathology in the School of Medicine of the University of Milan. She got her Degree in Biological Science in 1991 and her PhD in Microbiological Science at University of Milan in 1998. In 1995 she was Visiting Fellow at the Division of Experimental Therapeutics, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Washington, USA. After the PhD, she completed her post-doctoral training in the Lab of Parasitology and Immunology at the University of Milan.

The scientific activity of Nicoletta Basilico is documented by 84 papers on international scientific journals, more than 100 communications to Congresses, 4 book chapters and one international patent. As PI, she received funding from the University of Milan, from the Ministry of Foreign Affair (MAE) and from Fondazione Cariplo, Milan. She participated in several projects from EU FP6 and FP7 Programs, from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, from WHO-TDR and from Italian Institutions.

Her scientific activity has been mainly focused on:

- Pathogenesis of severe malaria (cerebral malaria, severe anemia): studies on parasite-host relationships; immunomodulatory role of malaria parasites and parasite products, namely hemozoin, on human macrophages and endothelial cells
- Antimalarial and antileishmanial drug discovery: identification and characterization of new compounds with antimalarial or antileishmanial activity; development of new methods to study the mechanism of action of quinoline and artemisinin antimalarials
- The role of hypoxia and oxygen supplementation in chronic wounds: production of inflammatory and angiogenic factors by cells involved in wound healing in the presence of oxygen loaded nanodroplets

TOPIC: Fighting Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs): novel approaches against Leishmania infections