Walter Lucchesi


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Personal profile

Research interests

I obtained my PhD at Imperial College London studying the Epstein Barr Virus serotypes and their mechanisms of B cell infection. I then moved on to neurosciences, for my 2 post docs at the Institute of Psychiatry, KCL. During 8 years I applied viral recombination technologies to engineer and study the memory pathways both in vivo, using mouse models and ex vivo, using induced pluripotent stem cells.

At present I am collaborating with KCL and the university of Reading to study the synaptic function of SHANK3 in the healthy synapsis and in autism. 


I am extremely dedicated to high quality teaching and open to the integration of new technologies and modern methods to classical teaching. As a result of my experience I presently teach immunology, biochemistry and application of molecular genetics to biology. I have obtained a Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice from King's College London and I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In my PGCAP thesis I focused on the development of multidisciplinary environments in Academia.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Immunology and virology, PhD, Imperial College London

Award Date: 10 Jun 2008