University of Perugia
Luigina Romani is internationally recognized in the area of antifungal immunity — a field in which her major interest is on the comprehension of mechanisms of antifungal immunity that lead to the activation of protective and non-protective adaptive immunity. She introduced several novel scientific and translatable concepts that have become popular in the field of medical mycology. Examples are the concept of protective tolerance, the basis of immunotherapy, the use of dendritic cells to develop fungal vaccine, the pathogenic role of inflammation in fungal infections, the discovery of tryptophan metabolites as potential antifungal strategies and, more recently, the use of functional genomics and metagenomics for predictive medicine. Luigina Romani has published more than 350 publications (H-Index 93, Total citations 34823 Google Scholar; H-Index 78, Total citations 21456 Scopus; H-Index 78, Total citations 19960 Web of Science) and has been recognized “Fellow” of the American Academy of Microbiology.