Prof. Antonella Viola, MSc, PhD, is Professor of General Pathology at the University of Padua and the Scientific Director of the Istituto di Ricerca Pediatrica (Pediatric Research Institute) –Città della Speranza. Prof Viola is a scientific reviewer for several national and international funding agencies namely for the European Research Council (ERC) Scientific excellence grants. For her outstanding contribution to the field of immunology, Prof Viola was the recipient of several awards such as the Cancer Research Institute Investigator Award (New York) in 2005 and the Chiara d’Onofrio Foundation award in 2008. In 2006, Prof Viola was honoured with the titles ‘EMBO young investigator’ and subsequently with the title ‘EMBO member’ in 2016. Prof. Viola is the author of nearly 100 scientific papers related to the topics of tumor immunology, T cell activation and mesenchymal stem cells. Over the years, Prof Viola has secured several research grants, among which the prestigious ERC Advanced Investigator grant in 2013 and the Proof-of-Concept ERC grant (2019). Prof Viola is honorary member, member of the Scientific Committee or member of the Board of Directors of several scientific organizations.