Silvia Monticelli earned her Ph.D. degree at the University of Milan (IT). She began her research training at the San Raffaele Scientific Institute in Milan (IT), where her scientific interest was sparked by the study of molecular mechanisms underlying immunological processes. After spending some time at the Randall Institute, King’s College London (UK), she joined the Center for Blood Research, Harvard Medical School in Boston (USA), where she continued her scientific training by performing studies aimed at understanding the mechanisms of regulation of cytokine transcription in T lymphocytes and mast cells. In 2007 she joined the Institute for Research in Biomedicine in Bellinzona as Group Leader. Silvia Monticelli has published several papers covering various aspects of immunological processes, with a special focus on the regulation and function of T lymphocytes and mast cells. The main focus of her lab is the study of transcriptional and post-transcriptional mechanisms of regulation of gene expression in the activation and function of cells of the immune system, including the role of transcription factors, microRNAs as well as epigenetic modifications such as methylation of the genomic DNA.