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Scholarly biography

Nadia Terrazzini is a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Immunology. Within PABS, she also acts as Associate Y2 Biology Course Leader and School Liaison Officer for BSMS Medical School.

Nadia trained at the National Institute for the Study and the Cure of Cancer in Milan (Italy) and has since worked on a variety of immunology research projects spanning from cancer gene therapy to DNA vaccines, to immunosenescence.

She is a member of the Centre for Stress and Age-Related Disease (STRAND), the Centre for Regenerative Medicine and Devices  and the Brighton and Sussex Cancer Research Network.

Nadia currently leads research on T cells responses to chronic CMV infections in older people,  in collaboration with Brighton and Sussex Medical School and is developing new lines of research on host immune responses to the microbiota in the skin.

Her main research interest is how infections and multi-microbial interactions can contribute to immunomodulation of host responses.

Approach to teaching

My professional field of expertise is Immunology, which I have been teaching for a number of years as module leader at all levels, from undergraduate to postgraduate students. I am very passionate about promoting the understanding of this topic to students, who often find it very complex. Enhancing accessibility of the subject is a priority in my work. To foster engagement, I try to introduce an element of fun in my teaching and I strive to keep my lectures student-centered and highly interactive, asking questions, making time for small group work, using online game-based learning platforms to lead revision tutorials.

My expertise in the field of immunology and its latest developments is reflected in my research-informed teaching. When relevant, to enhance students’ learning experience, I include examples of experimental data in my presentations. I was very pleased to be awarded the University of Brighton Excellence in Facilitating and Empowering Learning Award for two consecutive years, in 2017 and 2018.

I also supervise research projects at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Apart from teaching them research methods, values and best lab-work standards, I strive to foster students’ research ambitions. It is most rewarding when students enjoy working in the lab and develop a new passion for the research career!

Research interests

My research interest is on the cross-talk between host and microbiota. I am currently investigating Candida albicans immunomodulation in the progression of inflammatory skin diseases and chronic wounds’ healing.I also collaborate with Professor F. Kern’s group in Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) on the study of immune responses to chronic Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection in older people and its role in immune-ageing and disease.

Supervisory Interests

I am leading research on Candida albicans immunomodulation of skin and mucosa responses and how this may affect the progression of inflammatory skin diseases and the healing of chronic wounds.

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T-Lymphocytes Medicine & Life Sciences
Cytomegalovirus Medicine & Life Sciences
Cytomegalovirus Infections Medicine & Life Sciences
Refugees Medicine & Life Sciences
Immunological Synapses Medicine & Life Sciences
Superantigens Medicine & Life Sciences
Mali Medicine & Life Sciences
Interleukin-7 Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 1998 2019

Baseline haematological and biochemical reference values for healthy male adults from Mali

Vita, S., Miglietta, A., Lopalco, M., Terrazzini, N., Sargentini, V., Cella, E., Bachetoni, A., Dicuonzo, G., Angeletti, S., Ciccozzi, M. & Ceccarelli, G., 4 Jan 2019, In : Pan African Medical Journal. 32, 5

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Reference Values
Body Mass Index
Clinical Laboratory Techniques

CD28null pro-atherogenic CD4 T-cells explain the link between CMV infection and an increased risk of cardiovascular death

Pera, A., Caserta, S., Albanese, F., Blowers, P., Morrow, G., Terrazzini, N., Smith, H. E., Rajkumar, C., Reus, B., Msonda, J. R., Verboom, M., Hallensleben, M., Blasczyk, R., Davies, K. A. & Kern, F., 7 Aug 2018, In : Theranostics. 8, 6, p. 4509-4519 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Cytomegalovirus Infections
T-Lymphocyte Subsets
Linear Models

IL-7 unveils pathogen-specific T cells by enhancing antigen-recall responses

Terrazzini, N., Mantegani, P., Kern, F., Fortis, C., Mondino, A. & Caserta, S., 28 Feb 2018, In : Journal of Infectious Diseases. 217, 12, p. 1997–2007

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Blood Cells
Adoptive Immunotherapy

Candida Albicans sustains the cross-talk between skin and resident T cells

Caserta, S. & Terrazzini, N., 2017, p. 189.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

CMV-specific T-cell responses at older ages: broad responses with a large central memory component may be key to long-term survival

Bajwa, M., Vita, S., Vescovini, R., Larsen, M., Sansoni, P., Terrazzini, N., Caserta, S., Thomas, D., Davies, K. A., Smith, H. & Kern, F., 12 Feb 2017, In : Journal of Infectious Diseases. 215, 8, p. 1212-1220 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Activities 2000 2019

Frontiers in Immunology (Journal)

Nadia Terrazzini (Reviewer)
21 Jan 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication Peer-review

Frontiers in Immunology (Journal)

Nadia Terrazzini (Reviewer)
2018 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work

Higher Education Academy (External organisation)

Nadia Terrazzini (Chair)
Nov 2017 → …

Activity: External boards and professional/academic bodiesMembership of professional body

Brighton and Sussex Medical School (External organisation)

Nadia Terrazzini (Chair)
Aug 2017 → …

Activity: External boards and professional/academic bodiesPersonal board membership of professional/academic bodies