Maria Grazia Masucci, MD PhD
Professor of Virology
Department of Cell and Molecular Biology
Telephone: +46 8 52486755
Maria Grazia Masucci is since 1997 Professor of Virology at the Karolinska Institutet. She was born in Italy where she earned her medical degree in 1977 and specialization in Experimental Oncology in 1980 at the University of Ferrara. She obtained her PhD in Tumor Biology at the Karolinska Institutet in 1985 and became docent in Tumor immunology in 1987. Her research aims to understand how tumor viruses can stimulate cell growth and promote malignant transformation and how the host immune defenses deal with these abnormal cells. Her studies on viral remodeling of the cellular environment are particularly focused on perturbation of the ubiquitin protein system and on the induction of DNA damage and genomic instability in cells infected with oncogenic herpesviruses. She is a member EMBO and Swedish Royal Academy of Science in 2006.