Professor Lorenzo Moretta currently serves as Head of the Department of Immunology, Ospedale Pediatrico Bambino Gesù (Rome). He is formerly Full Professor of General Pathology and Pathophysiology of the University of Genoa Medical School (1994 – 2015), as well as Scientific Director of the Istituto Giannina Gaslini (Genoa) (2000 – 2015).
Professor Moretta’s research studies are considered seminal in the field of immunology. He first identified T lymphocyte subpopulations in humans, a discovery which helped lay the foundations for understanding immune system disorders such as immunodeficiencies and autoimmune diseases. At present, he continues to pursue basic and applied research in the area of tumor immunology, as well as bone marrow transplantation for the cure of high risk acute leukaemias and of selected immunodeficiencies.