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Cristina Micali is a first year Ph.D. student in Translational Molecular Medicine and Surgery at the University of Messina, Italy. Her research interests are the mechanisms of HIV persistence under therapy. She obtained her medical degree at University of Messina, Italy, where she also completed her residency in Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases, with a dissertation focused on the effectiveness and safety of doravirine-based regimens in people living with HIV.

She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Emory National Primate Research Center (ENPC), supervised by Dr. Guido Silvestri and Dr. Mirko Paiardini. She is involved in investigating the combination of SMAC mimetic AZD5582 with heterodimeric IL-15 in SIV-infected macaques in order to reduce seeding and establishment of latent viral reservoir.

Beyond her academic work, she is largely fascinated with traveling abroad and she is an avid explorer of traditional cuisines from around the world.

Cristina Micali

Post-doctoral Fellow

Cristina Micali



  • PhD in Translational molecular medicine and surgery, University of Messina (Messina, Italy), 2022-current

  • Residency Program in Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine, University of Messina (Messina, Italy), 2018-2022

  • Medicine and Surgery Degree, University of Messina (Messina, Italy), Completed in 2018 


  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Drs. Silvestri Paiardini labs, Emory National Primate Research Center (Atlanta, GA), 2023-current

Selected publications

  • Russotto Y, Micali C, Calabrese V, Nunnari G, Rullo E. V, Semproni C. P.Delirium during COVID-19: A report of eight cases and a review of the literature. World Academy of Sciences Journal. 2023; 5(1).

  • Micali C, Russotto Y, Celesia BM, Santoro L, Marino A, Pellicanò GF, Nunnari G, Venanzi Rullo E. Thyroid Diseases and Thyroid Asymptomatic Dysfunction in People Living With HIV. Infect Dis Rep. 2022 Sep 1;14(5):655-667. doi: 10.3390/idr14050071. PMID: 36136821; PMCID: PMC9498502.

  • Micali C, Russotto Y, Facciolà A, Marino A, Celesia BM, Pistarà E, Caci G, Nunnari G, Pellicanò GF, Venanzi Rullo E. Pulmonary Kaposi Sarcoma without Respiratory Symptoms and Skin Lesions in an HIV-Naïve Patient: A Case Report and Literature Review. Infect Dis Rep. 2022 Mar 25;14(2):228-242. doi: 10.3390/idr14020028. PMID: 35447880; PMCID: PMC9025598.

  • Micali C, Russotto Y, Caci G, Ceccarelli M, Marino A, Celesia BM, Pellicanò GF, Nunnari G, Venanzi Rullo E. Loco-Regional Treatments for Hepatocellular Carcinoma in People Living with HIV. Infect Dis Rep. 2022 Jan 7;14(1):43-55. doi: 10.3390/idr14010006. PMID: 35076514; PMCID: PMC8788283.

  • Buccafusca M*, Micali C*, Autunno M, Versace AG, Nunnari G, Musumeci O. Favourable course in a cohort of Parkinson's disease patients infected by SARS-CoV-2: a single-centre experience. Neurol Sci. 2021 Mar;42(3):811-816. doi: 10.1007/s10072-020-05001-4. Epub 2021 Jan 13. PMID: 33439387; PMCID: PMC7803661.

*These authors contributed equally

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