Research interests include immunology and cell biology, with a specific focus on the application of high resolution microscopy to unravel the organisation and dynamics of receptors and lipids at the plasma membrane. Major current projects include the investigation of the role of plasma membrane lipids in the regulation of pathogen receptor functions on dendritic cells as well as the function of prostaglandin receptors involved in the communication between dendritic cells and mast cells.
Alessandra Cambi is currently Chair of the Cell Biology Department. She holds a PhD in Biology (University of Camerino, Italy) and a PhD in Medical Sciences (Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands). In 2005 and 2006 she was an EMBO postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute in Göttingen, Germany. In 2006, she obtained a Veni fellowship from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific research (NWO), followed in 2008 by a Young Investigator Grant from the Human Frontier Science Program. Since November 2009 she is the recipient of a NWO Meervoud subsidy. Her research focuses on the role of plasma membrane compartmentalization in the regulation of immune receptor signalling and the application of high-resolution microscopy.