Marina Cella, MD

Professor, Pathology & Immunology


  • Research Fellow: Instute for Tumor Research and Cure, Genova, Italy (1983-1994)
  • Medical Degree: University of Genova, Genova, Italy (1989)
  • Specialization in Medical Microbiology and Virology: University of Genova, Genova, Italy (1994)
  • Member: Basel Institute for Immunology, Basel, Switzerland (1994-2001)

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.

Editorial Responsibilities

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

Service to the Department

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


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