Marina Cella, MD

Marina Cella, MD

Professor, Pathology & Immunology


  • Immunobiology


  • MD, University of Genova, Italy, Medicine and Surgery, 1989
  • University of Genova, Italy, specialization in Medical Microbiology and Virology, 1993
  • Research Fellow, Laboratory of Immunogenetics, National Institute for Cancer Research, Genova, Italy, 1989-1994
  • Visiting Scientist, Basel Institute for Immunology, Basel, Switzerland, 1994
  • Member of The Basel Institute for Immunology, Basel, Switzerland, 1995-2001

Research Interests

My interest in the last 20 years has been to study how innate immune cells, in particular Dendritic Cells (DCs), NK cells and emerging subsets of Innate Lymphoid Cells (ILCs), respond to pathogens and how these responses are altered or can be manipulated in human diseases. My research focuses on 3 fields: 1) plasmacytoid DCs (pDCs) as a primary source of Type I interferon in response to viruses and implication of pDCs in human autoimmune diseases; 2) regulation of NK cell function by activating and inhibitory receptors; 3) ILC diversity in mucosal tissues.

DBBS Affiliation

  • Immunology Program

Editorial Responsibilities

  • Editor, Frontiers in HIV: 2007-present
  • Reviewer, Nature, Nature Immunology, Journal of Experimental Medicine, Journal of Immunology, European Journal of Immunology: Ad hoc

Service to the Department

  • Director of the Pathology & Immunology Flow Cytometry Core Facility: 2006-present

Selected Publications

Tersea Page

Lab Phone: 314-362-0368
Office Location: BJC-IH Building, Office Suite B 8210