Stefano Caserta

Dr Stefano Caserta

Lecturer in Immunology

Faculty of Health Sciences

01482 463451

An expert immunologist in the field of cancer immunotherapy and infection, Dr Stefano Caserta joined the University of Hull to start his new lab in 2018.

Previously he worked in a number of internationally-recognised institutions, namely the San Raffaele Scientific Institute (Milan), the MRC-National Institute for Medical Research (London), the University of Edinburgh and the University of Sussex.

Dr Caserta has researched cancer-antigen presentation, cytokines that modulate anti-cancer immunity, immunological memory mechanisms and immunity in chronic infection.

Recently, he identified circulating inflammatory relevant micro-RNAs in patients with sepsis/inflammation and characterised responses to endemic pathogens.


Research Interests

  • Infection Immunology

  • Cancer Immunology

  • Immunotherapy

  • Immune cell biology

  • Molecular biology

  • Cellular biology

  • RNA biology

Research groups

  • Membership of the British Society of Immunology


Terrazzini N, Mantegani P, Kern F, Fortis C, Mondino A, Caserta S, 'IL-7 unveils pathogen-specific T cells by enhancing antigen-recall responses', The Journal of Infectious Diseases (2018)

Caserta S, Mengozzi M, Kern F, Newbury S F, Ghezzi P, Llewelyn M J, 'Severity of Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome Affects the Blood Levels of Circulating Inflammatory-Relevant MicroRNAs', Frontiers in Immunology (2018)

Trub M, Barr T A, Morrison V, Brown S, Caserta S, Rixon J, Ivens A and Gray D, 'Heterogeneity of Phenotype and Function Reflects the Multistage Development of T Follicular Helper Cells', Frontiers in Immunology (2017)

Bajwa M, Vita S, Vescovini R, Larsen M, Sansoni P, Terrazzini N, Caserta S, Thomas D, Davies K A, Smith H and Kern F, 'CMV-specific T-cell responses at older ages: broad responses with a large central memory component may be key to long-term survival', The Journal of Infectious Diseases (2017)

Bajwa M, Vita S, Vescovini R, Larsen M, Sansoni P, Terrazzini N, Caserta S, Thomas D, Davies K A, Smith H and Kern F, 'Functional diversity of CMV-specific T-cells is maintained in older people and significantly associated with protein specificity and response size', The Journal of Infectious Diseases (2016)

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Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Infection and Immunity (Module leader)

  • Research Methods in Biomedical Sciences (Module leader)

  • Tumour immunology and microenvironment

  • Molecular Cell Biology

  • Molecular Cell Biology and Histopathology

  • Professional and Research Skills for Biomedical Scientists

  • Cancer Biology

  • Independent Research Project (Supervisor)

Research PhDs

We are always looking for motivated PhD/MD Students who want to join the lab to do immunology research. We welcome applications from self-funded students and candidates who have an interest in cancer and infection immunology.

In particular, we are interested to hear from students with interests in the field of immune cell responses in chronic and severe infections (including sepsis) and cancers; immunological memory; T cell biology including regulatory T cell responses; immunotherapy and diagnostic/prognostic applications.

Current PhD supervisions 

  • Fisal Tantoush

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (awarded from the University of Sussex with distinction)     

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • Italian 5-years Laurea, equivalent to an integrated Master degree (University of Milan)

  • PhD in Basic and Applied Immunology (Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan)

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education

External roles

  • Associate Editor and Review Editor for Frontiers in Immunology

  • Reviewer for Plos One, Critical Care Medicine, Scientific Reports, International Journal of Experimental Pathology, Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine and the UK Medical Research Council

Awards and accolades

  • Membership of the British Society of Immunology