Immunology, Transplantation and Infectious Diseases



Paolo Dellabona


Deputy Director

Chiara Bonini


The immune system is a complex system of molecules, cells and tissues responsible of combating external and internal insults. An intact immune system is essential for maintaining our health and its dysfunctions are associated with increased susceptibility to infection or the development of inflammation, autoimmunity, allergy or cancer. The Division of Immunology, Transplantation and Infectious Diseases investigates the development and function of the immune system in health and in several pathological conditions.


The Division harbors more than 170 scientists from basic and clinical areas who belong to 45 research units, which work both on independent projects and integrated multidisciplinary programs focusing on specific pathological conditions (33 basic research units and 12 clinical research units). View all the research units here
The division contains the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) and its clinical research activities are supervised by professor Emanuele Bosi, Clinical research coordinator for the Division.

A relevant activity of the Division is dedicated to the training of both basic and clinical immunologists who are enrolled in the International PhD Program in Molecular Medicine of San Raffaele University or in the International Postdoctoral Program of the San Raffaele Scientific Institute.


Studies on fundamental mechanisms underlying the immune cell physiology are performed and compared with the alterations characterizing pathological processes, aiming at both elucidating the molecular bases of diseases and defining new therapeutic strategies.

The continuous interaction with the excellent clinical activities performed at IRCCS Ospedale San Raffaele prompts ideal connections among the basic and clinical research and allows the investigation of a wide range of pathological conditions such as cancer, infections, autoimmunity, allergy and organ transplantation.