Antonio Lanzavecchia is an immunologist known for his work on antigen presentation, T cell activation, immunological memory and human monoclonal antibodies. Born in Italy, Lanzavecchia obtained a medical degree from the University of Pavia, where he specialized in paediatrics and in infectious diseases. 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. From 2009 to 2016 has been professor of human immunology at the Federal Institute of Technology and since 2017 is Professor at the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences of the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI). Lanzavecchia received the EMBO Gold Medal and the Cloetta Prize and is a member of the EMBO, of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences and of the US National Academy of Sciences. In 2017, he received the Robert Koch Prize and the Sanofi-Institut Pasteur Award and, in 2018 the Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine.