Daniela Cirillo

Emerging bacterial pathogens

Daniela Maria Cirillo, Head of Unit

cirillo.daniela@hsr.it


Increasing levels of drug resistance are threatening to erode the medical advances of recent decades. The social causes contributing to the spread of antibacterial resistance are somehow paradoxical. In some settings − especially in resources limited countries − the under use of drugs or the use of low quality drugs encourages the development of resistance. In wealthy countries, resistance is the opposite reason − the overuse of drugs − that is driving the emergency of resistance. Regardless of where drug resistance originates, globalization, increased travel and trade ensure that these strains quickly travel elsewhere. The laboratory focuses his activities on the study of two major problems related to this issue: • the pathogenetic mechanisms leading to Drug resistant tuberculosis; • the study of multidrug resistant bacterial strains isolated and spreading in nosocomial environment. The Unit is recognized by WHO as Collaboranting Centre, Supranational Reference Laboratory for MDR-TB control and as ESCMID collaborative center.

Curriculum vitae

Education and research experiences

1997-1999 Post-doctoral Fellow, Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California, USA
1994-1996 Post-Doctoral fellow at University of California San Diego, Department of Medicine, Infectious Disease Section, USA
1992 Philosophiae Doctor in Cell and Developmental Biology, Università “La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy
1987 Board certification in Microbiology, University of Medicine and Surgery, Turin, Italy
1983 Medical degree, University of Medicine and Surgery, Turin, Italy

Professional experiences

2013 Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre on TB laboratory strengthening (ITA-98)
2006 Head of TB Supranational Reference Laboratory at the San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milan, Italy
2002 Head of Emerging Bacterial Pathogens Unit at the San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milan,
1999-2002 Responsible of Molecular Diagnostic and Nosocomial Epidemiology and of Respiratory Infection section at the San Giovanni Battista Hospital, Turin Italy
1991-1994 Responsible of Molecular Diagnostic and Nosocomial Epidemiology and of Respiratory Infection section at the San Giovanni Battista Hospital, Turin Italy

Other experience and Professional membership

2012 Member of Global Laboratory Initiatives
2005-2006 WHO consultant for technical support in GF application and negotiation in Albania and Bosnia
2004 Member of the infection control Committee of San Raffaele Hospital
2002 TB Consultant of the World Health Organization
2001 Consultant of the National Committee for TB control, MoH, Italy
2001-2003 Professor of Molecular Bacteriology the School of TSLB, University of Turin, Italy
1999-2002 Professor of Clinical Microbiology at the School of Specialization in Microbiology, University of Turin,Italy

Honors

2014-2017 Nominated Member of the Global Drug-resistant TB Initiatives GDI core group
2011-2013 Elected member of the global Green Light Committee (gGLC)
2013 Co-Chair of the WHO-GLI New Diagnostic Working Group (NDWG)
2012 Member of WHO Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for Tuberculosis STAG-TB


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