Antonio Lanzavecchia is known for his work on antigen presentation, lymphocyte activation and immunological memory. Born in Italy, he obtained a medical degree from the University of Pavia, where he specialized in pediatrics and in infectious diseases. From 1983 to 1999 he worked at the Basel Institute for Immunology and since 2000 is the founding director of the Institute for Research in Biomedicine in Bellinzona, Switzerland. His current research deals with the study of the human antibody response to pathogens, the role of somatic mutations, and a new mechanism of antibody diversification.
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