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#TalentiUniSR: Andrea Vanzulli

06 March 2019

An unassailable determination that will lead him overseas: Andrea Vanzulli is the #TalentiUniSR of the month. Currently a student in his fourth year of the Medical Degree Program at UniSR, Andrea has won the prestigious Armenise-Harvard Summer Fellowship, a research program which provides Italian students enrolled in the fourth or fifth year of a scientific degree with the chance to carry out research at Harvard Medical School in Boston. “I have been attending Professor Naldini’s laboratory for a long time because I am firmly convinced that modern medicine must stem from basic and translational research”. His activity in Boston will focus on the fundamental biology of the haematopoietic system in the laboratory led by Prof. David Scadden, the onco-haematologist Andrea had indicated as his first choice in his application. “Beyond victory per se, it is a source of immense pride that eminent Scientists such as Proff. Naldini (1) and Iannacone (2) believed in me and supported me throughout the whole course”.


Andrea Vanzulli

Your University Studies

I am part of class of 2021 of the Master’s degree in Medicine and Surgery at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University

Why you enrolled at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University

I chose this University because it offers a unique curriculum, in which teaching, research and clinical practice are closely integrated

What opportunities our University has given you

The possibility to study and carry out research in a competitive and stimulating environment, enlivened by world-class Scientists and Professionals

What you currently deal with

I am currently enrolled in the fourth year of the Medical Degree Program. In addition to classes and clinical rotations, I do my own research at the San Raffaele-Telethon Institute for Gene Therapy (SR-TIGET), with particular regard to gene and cell therapy and its applications in the fields of haematology and immunology

The strong point of studying at San Raffaele

Being a student at UniSR means having the chance to practice first-hand so-called translational medicine, which pursues the ambitious objective of converting knowledge generated at the laboratory bench into concrete benefits for the patient: from bench to bedside

Your best quality

The unassailable determination with which I fight for what I believe in

Favorite quote

In dreams begin responsibilities

Your dream in the drawer

Ensure a future for those who fight every day against disease

1: Director, San Raffaele Telethon Institute for Gene Therapy (SR-TIGET); Full Professor of Tissue Biology and Gene and Cell Therapy, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University; Head, Unit of Gene transfer technologies and new gene therapy strategies, San Raffaele Telethon Institute for Gene Therapy (SR-TIGET); Director, Division of regenerative medicine, stem cells and gene therapy, San Raffaele Scientific Institute; former President of the European Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ESGCT).

2: Head, Unit of Dynamics of immune responses, San Raffaele Scientific Institute; Director, Intravital Imaging Facility, San Raffaele Scientific Institute; Adjunct Professor of Pathology and Immunology, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University. Prof. Iannacone founded the intravital Imaging Facility at the San Raffaele Scientific Institute thanks to the Carrer Development Award by the Giovanni Armenise-Harvard Foundation.

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