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Dr Leonardo Arpesella

Dr Leonardo Arpesella

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Allergy and Clinical Immunology Physician | PhD Candidate
Discovery Research
The University of Melbourne, Department of Microbiology and Immunology (DMI)
Lab Group(s):
Villadangos Group

Dr Leonardo Arpesella is an Allergy and Clinical Immunology physician, currently pursuing a PhD in Professor Jose Villadangos' lab. His focus lies in investigating Dendritic Cells (DCs), particularly exploring the range of activation these cells undergo by using mixed bone marrow chimeric mice to discern the differences between classical and bystander activation pathways within DCs.

  • Key Achievements
    • Leonardo achieved his medical degree in Italy and completed his specialised training in Allergy and Clinical Immunology in 2022. Before joining the lab, he was granted European Fellowships for research conducted in both Switzerland and Germany. In Switzerland, he focused on exploring the immunosuppressant potential of mesenchymal stromal cells at the Dr Dudli lab. In Germany, under the guidance of Professor Marta Rizzi, he delved into investigating the role of B cells in autoimmune and immunodeficient diseases.

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    Research Groups
    • Villadangos Group

      Jose’s group combines immunology, biochemistry and cell biology to study how the adaptive immune system detects pathogens and cancer, a process called Antigen Presentation. Their research is applicable to vaccine development, treatment of critically ill patients and the fight against cancer.

      Lab Team

      Villadangos Group

      • Alan Ching
      • Lauren Cox
      • Jesse Crowe
        Honours Student
      • Claire Dumont
      • Giuseppe Infusini
      • Haiyin Liu
      • Hamish McWilliam
        Research Officer
      • Justine Mintern
      • Zehua Tian
        PhD Student
      • Shirin Valikhani
      • Vivian Vuong
      • Matthew Zorkau