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Fabio Grassi earned his degree in Medicine at the University of Pavia in 1985 and a Ph.D. in Microbiology at the University of Milan in 1993. He was a Anna Villa Rusconi fellow at the University of Umeä in Sweden (1988), post-doctoral fellow at the Institut Pasteur in Paris (1989-1993), assistant professor at San Raffaele Scientific Institute in Milan (1994-1998), Marie Curie fellow at Faculté de MédecineNecker Enfants Malades in Paris (1998-2000) and Special Fellow of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School in Boston (2000-2002). He is full professor of Biology at the Department of Medical Biotechnologies and Translational Medicine of the University of Milan. He heads the T Cell Development lab at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine in Bellinzona, Switzerland. His research is focused on the purinergic regulation of various aspects of T cell and systemic physiology, including signal transduction, transcriptional regulation, host-microbiota mutualism in the gut and immunopathology.