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Department of Veterinary Medicine

Cambridge Veterinary School


I am a biologist with a keen interest for infectious pathogens and how to fight them with innovative effective vaccines. After a BSc in Molecular Biological Sciences and an MSc in Medical Biotechnologies, I obtained my PhD in Vaccine Design and Immune Responses, in the Marie Curie European Industrial Doctorate Programme. During this period, I worked between the University of Birmingham and Novartis/GSK Vaccine Institute for Global Health, investigating vaccines against Neisseria meningitidis based on outer membrane vesicles (OMV). While finishing the PhD, I broadened my research skills working in the Department of Structural Biology at the University of Oxford, gathering experience particularly in electron microscopy. I then worked as a postdoc at The Jenner Institute, University of Oxford, on transmission-blocking malaria vaccines, focusing on pre-clinical research, but also collaborating on clinical trials. Since October 2020 I am a PDRA at the University of Cambridge, in the group of Dr Pietro Mastroeni, working once more on vaccines against bacteria.


Key publications: 

Marini A, Zhou Y, Li Y, Taylor IJ, Leneghan DB, Jin J, Zaric M, Mekhaiel D, Long CA, Miura K, Biswas S. “A Universal Plug-and-Display Vaccine Carrier Based on HBsAg VLP to Maximize Effective Antibody Response.” Front Immunol. 2019 -

Brod F, Miura K, Taylor I, Li Y, Marini A, Salman AM, Spencer AJ, Long CA, Biswas S. “Combination of RTS,S and Pfs25-IMX313 Induces a Functional Antibody Response Against Malaria Infection and Transmission in Mice.” Front Immunol. 2018 -

Lennartz F, Brod F, Dabbs R, Miura K, Mekhaiel D, Marini A, Jore MM, Søgaard MM, Jørgensen T, de Jongh WA, Sauerwein RW, Long CA, Biswas S, Higgins MK. “Structural basis for recognition of the malaria vaccine candidate Pfs48/45 by a transmission blocking antibody.” Nat Commun. 2018

Schager AE, Dominguez-Medina CC, Necchi F, Micoli F, Goh YS, Goodall M, Flores-Langarica A, Bobat S, Cook CNL, Arcuri M, Marini A, King LDW, Morris FC, Anderson G, Toellner KM, Henderson IR, López-Macías C, MacLennan CA, Cunningham AF. “IgG Responses to Porins and Lipopolysaccharide within an Outer Membrane-Based Vaccine against Nontyphoidal Salmonella Develop at Discordant Rates.” MBio. 2018 –

Marini A, Rossi O, Aruta MG, Micoli F, Rondini S, Guadagnuolo S, Delany I, Henderson IR, Cunningham AF, Saul A, MacLennan CA, Koeberling O. “Contribution of factor H-binding protein sequence to the cross-reactivity of meningococcal native outer membrane vesicle vaccines with over-expressed fHbp variant group 1.” PLoS One. 2017 –


Dr Arianna   Marini
Postdoctoral Research Associate - Dr Piero Mastroeni group

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Infectious Diseases