Marina Diioia, PhD

 

Marina Diioia’s passion for immunology and infectious disease research began as an undergraduate Lab Assistant at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology in 2004. From there, she went on to earn her B.S. in Biology from California State University San Marcos, followed by a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Pathology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2011.

Prior to joining the faculty of ICOM, she worked in medical device development before returning to academia as an Assistant Professor for Microbiology and Immunology at Midwestern University where she taught Medical Microbiology and Immunology courses while serving as the Vice Chair of the Biosafety Committee.

Marina’s research interests include how intracellular bacterial pathogens evade the immune system and identifying pathogenic mechanisms that can be exploited for vaccine development. She recently shifted research focus from zoonotic disease to antibiotic-resistant nosocomial pathogens. Increasing antimicrobial resistance in hospital-acquired infections necessitates immediate work towards better vaccination strategies. She loves to involve students in her research and believes that it helps to broaden the perspective of medical students in understanding the work involved in bringing medicine from the laboratory to human use.

Happy to join family in the Treasure Valley, she is also thrilled to be involved in Idaho’s first medical school, the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.