Donata Vercelli


Dr. Vercelli received her MD degree from the University of Florence in 1978 and trained in immunology at Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, where in 1991 she became an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics. In 1999, she moved to the University of Arizona where she currently is a Professor of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, the Associate Director of the Arizona Respiratory Center, and the Director of the Arizona Center for the Biology of Complex Diseases (ABCD).  She is an elected member of the Association of American Physicians (AAP) and from 2005 to 2012 was the Associate Editor for Genetics of The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.  Dr. Vercelli’s research relies on both human and animal models and focuses on the genetic and epigenetic mechanisms that regulate allergic inflammation and asthma, and the pathways that mediate the asthma-protective effects of traditional farming environments.​