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Dr Manuela Mengozzi

Dr Manuela Mengozzi (PhD)

Research Fellow in Neuroimmunology
T: +44 (0)1273 873146
Location: BSMS Medical Research Building, University of Sussex, Brighton, BN1 9PS



Manuela is a Research Fellow in Neuroimmunology at BSMS. She graduated with an Msc in Biological Sciences in 1987 at the University of Pisa, Italy and obtained her Specialization in Pharmacological Research in 1991 at Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research in Milan. From 1992 until 2000, Manuela carried out postdoctoral work at the Picower Institute for Medical Research (Manhasset, NY, USA), at DIBIT, San Raffaele Scientific Institute (Milan, Italy) and at Stanford University School of Medicine (CA, USA). She worked at Mario Negri Institute in Milan as a Senior Researcher from 2000 until 2008, at which point she attained her current position at BSMS.


Manuela is interested in cytokine biology and inflammation. During her postdoctoral work, she studied the dysregulation of the cytokine network in HIV patients and in primary human macrophages infected in vitro with HIV, and the cytokine mechanisms that regulate HIV infection and replication in different subsets of primary human T cells.

Since 2000, at Mario Negri Institute in Milan and then at BSMS, she has worked in collaboration with Prof Pietro Ghezzi to study the anti-inflammatory and neuroregenerative effects of a family of cytokines recently defined tissue-protective cytokines, among which erythropoietin, and has contributed to research on redox regulation of the inflammatory and immunological response.



At BSMS, Manuela supervises student research projects for module 404, undergraduate summer projects and PhD students. She offers Student Selected Components (SSCs) for modules 103 and 104. She is also an Academic Tutor and the Academic Lead of the Academic Skills programme.

Selected Publications

Mullen, Lisa, Mengozzi, Manuela, Hanschmann, Eva-Maria, Alberts, Ben and Ghezzi, Pietro (2019) How the redox state regulates immunity. Free Radical Biology and Medicine. ISSN 0891-5849

Mengozzi, Manuela, Kirkham, Frances A, Girdwood, Esme E R, Bunting, Eva, Drazich, Erin, Timeyin, Jean, Ghezzi, Pietro and Rajkumar, Chakravarthi (2020) C-reactive protein predicts further ischemic events in patients with transient ischemic attack or lacunar stroke. Frontiers in Immunology, 11. a1403 1-7. ISSN 1664-3224

Heikal, L., Ghezzi, P., Mengozzi, M. et al. Correction to: Assessment of HIF-1α expression and release following endothelial injury in-vitro and in-vivo. Mol Med 26, 61 (2020)

Gyetvai, G., Roe, C., Heikal, L. et al. Correction to: Leukemia inhibitory factor inhibits erythropoietin-induced myelin gene expression in oligodendrocytes. Mol Med 26, 62 (2020)

Mengozzi, Manuela, Hesketh, Andrew, Bucca, Giselda, Ghezzi, Pietro and Smith, Colin P (2020) Vitamins D3 and D2 have marked but different global effects on gene expression in a rat oligodendrocyte precursor cell line. Molecular Medicine, 26. a32. ISSN 1076-1551

Arif, Nadia, Al-Jefri, Majed, Bizzi, Isabella Harb, Perano, Gianni Boitano, Goldman, Michel, Haq, Inam, Chua, Key Leng, Mengozzi, Manuela, Neunez, Marie, Smith, Helen and Ghezzi, Pietro (2019) Corrigendum: fake news or weak science? Visibility and characterization of antivaccine webpages returned by Google in different languages and countries. Frontiers in Immunology, 10. a2252. ISSN 1664-3224

Ingram, Sonia, Ghezzi, Pietro, Mullen, Lisa, Heikal, Lamia and Mengozzi, Manuela (2019) Inflammation-induced reactive nitrogen species cause proteasomal degradation of dimeric peroxiredoxin-1 in a mouse macrophage cell line. Free Radical Research. ISSN 1071-5762

Rampat, Rajiv, Williams, Timothy, Mayo, Thomas, Mengozzi, Manuela, Ghezzi, Pietro, Hildick-Smith, Davi and Cockburn, James (2019) Association between inflammatory biomarkers and neointimal response following elective implantation of the ABSORB bioresorbable vascular scaffold. Coronary Artery Disease, 30 (3). pp. 183-187. ISSN 0954-6928

Ingram, Sonia, Mengozzi, Manuela, Sacre, Sandra, Mullen, Lisa and Ghezzi, Pietro (2019) Differential induction of nuclear factor-like 2 signature genes with toll-like receptors stimulation. Free Radical Biology and Medicine, 135. pp. 245-250. ISSN 0891-5849

Gyetvai, Georgina, Roe, Cieron, Heikal, Lamia, Ghezzi, Pietro and Mengozzi, Manuela (2018) Leukemia inhibitory factor inhibits erythropoietin-induced myelin gene expression in oligodendrocytes. Molecular Medicine, 24 (51). pp. 1-13. ISSN 1076-1551