University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’, Rome, Italy
Valentina's research interests lie in malaria molecular epidemiology and particularly in the genetic regulation of the human immune response and disease susceptibility to P. falciparum malaria. Her main passion is to investigate the genetic and biological basis of the resistance to malaria shown by the Fulani ethnic group.
Valentina graduated in Biological Sciences in 2004 from the University of Rome. She was then awarded a doctoral fellowship from BioMalPar, the European Network of Malaria Research. During her PhD she has been working under the shared supervision of Prof David Modiano at the University of Rome and Prof Dominic Kwiatkowski at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics in Oxford. She defended her thesis in December 2008 at the University of Stockholm.
Valentina Mangano and her colleagues at the University of Rome and the Centre National de Recherche et de Formation sur le Paludisme are contributing to Consortial Project 1, Consortial Project 2 and Consortial Project 3.