Dr. Maria Monaco-Kushner

Dr. Maria Monaco-Kushner

Scientific Review Officer


Division of Physiological and Pathological Sciences DPPS
Review Branch:
Immunology and Infectious Diseases B IIDB
Study Section:
Fellowships: Infectious Diseases and Immunology A F07A

Dr. Maria Chiara Monaco received her Ph.D. in Toxicology at the University of Bologna in Italy, where she studied the role of HIV in human tonsillar stromal cells and the function of natural killer (NK) cells in aging. She then became a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), where she investigated the pathogenesis of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), a demyelinating neurological disease caused by the human polyomavirus JC (JCV). Her research focused on understanding the role of immune cells in JCV reactivation. Dr. Monaco then became a staff scientist at NINDS, where she studied the function of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) and the difference in EBV viral load in B lymphocytes from patients with MS in comparison to volunteer donor controls.


Last updated: 06/18/2024 05:00