Giorgio Raimondi is the Associate Director for Transplant Immunology of the Vascularized and Composite Allotransplantation (VCA) Laboratory and Assistant Professor in the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
He obtained his Master of Science (Advanced Studies in Immunology) through a joint course between the University of Milano-Bicocca (Milan, Italy) and the Institute Pasteur (Paris, France). He then obtained his PhD (Biotechnology – focus on immunological tolerance) at the University of Milano-Bicocca (Milan, Italy). Dr. Raimondi conducted his postdoctoral studies at the Starzl Transplantation Institute of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. There he forged his expertise on T lymphocytes and regulatory T cells immunobiology with particular regard to the development of new strategies of immunoregulation of solid organ transplant rejection. Dr. Raimondi joined the Hopkins family in 2013.
The VCA Lab is a trans-disciplinary research laboratory standing on the pillars of transplant immunology and immunoregulation, regenerative medicine, and nerve research. The Transplant Immunology section of the laboratory is devoted to pushing the boundaries of transplant research by improving our understanding of the complex mechanisms of transplant rejection as well as devising novel strategies to exploit mechanisms underlying the regulation of immune responses. The goal of the laboratory is to develop innovative and effective strategies of modulation of alloreactivity and autoreactivity, ultimately promoting immune tolerance. To bring a fresh perspective to the field, the advanced skillset of rodent models of skin, heart, and the unique model of hind limb transplantation, is paired with multidisciplinary approaches that range from bio-engineering approaches of drug delivery (for effective immune-modulation) to mathematical modeling of the dynamics of transplant rejection.