Dr. Eva Piano Mortari is a researcher at Bambino Gesù Children Hospital in the department of B cell Pathophysiology. She has a master thesis in Neurobiology and during those years she focused on the learning of abstract concepts in non-human primates.

Since 2011 Mortari’s carrying out experiments on the development of the B cell in human focusing on primary immune deficiency in children.



Ph.D in Immunology, Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy

M.A. in Neurobiology at Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy


Courses Taught

BIOLOGY 3380: Contemporary Biology



Truppa, V., Garofoli, D., Castorina, G., Piano Mortari, E., Natale, F. & Visalberghi, E. Identity concept learning in matching-to-sample tasks by tufted capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella). Animal Cognition. 2010 Nov;13(6):835-48. doi: 10.1007/s10071-010-0332-y.

Truppa V., Piano Mortari E., Garofoli D., Privitera S. & Visalberghi, E. Same/different concept learning by capuchin monkeys in matching-to-sample tasks. PLoS ONE 2011;6(8):e23809. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0023809.

Truppa V., De Simone D., Piano Mortari E., De Lillo C. Effects of brief time delays on matching-to-sample abilities in capuchin monkeys (Sapajus spp.). Behavioural Brain Research 2014 Sep 1;271:240-8. doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2014.05.0236.

Truppa V., Spinozzi G., Laganà T., Piano Mortari E., Sabbatini G. Versatile grasping ability in power grip actions by tufted capuchin monkeys (Sapajus spp.). American Journal of Physical Anthropology 2016 Jan;159(1):63-72. doi: 10.1002/ajpa.22836.

Truppa V., Spinozzi G., Laganà T., Piano Mortari E., Sabbatini G. Flexible power-grip use by capuchin monkeys (Sapajus spp.): from the study of object manipulation to the links between cognition and action. “Sistemi intelligenti” 1/2016, pp. 69-82, doi: 10.1422/83836.

Marasco E., Farroni C., Cascioli S., Marcellini V., Scarsella M., Giorda E., Piano Mortari E., Leonardi L., Scarselli A., Valentini D., Cancrini C., Duse M., Grimsholm O., Carsetti R. B-cell activation with CD40L with CD40L or CpG measures the function of B-cell subsets and identifies specific defects in patients with immunodeficiency. European Journal of Immunology . doi: 10.1002/eji.201646574.

Aranburu A.*, Piano Mortari E.*, Anwar B., Giorda E., Cantarutti N., Corbelli S., De Vito R., Inserra A., Carsetti R. Human B-cell memory is shaped by age- and tissue-specific T-independent and GC-dependent events. European Journal of Immunology. doi: 10.1002/eji.201646642. *co-first author.

Piano Mortari E., Anwar B., Cantarutti N., Bocci C., Adorisio R., Carsetti R. Heterotaxy Syndrome with and without spleen: different infection risk and management. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. doi: 10.1016/j.jaci.2016.10.014.

Piano Mortari E.*, Folgiero V.*, Marcellini V., Romania P., Bellacchio E., D’Alicandro V., Bocci C., Carrozzo R., Martinelli D., Petrini S., Axiotis E., Farroni C., Locatelli F., Schara U., Pilz D., Jungbluth H., Dionisi-Vici C. and Carsetti R. The Vici syndrome protein EPG5 regulates intracellular nucleic acid trafficking linking autophagy to innate and adaptive immunity. Autophagy. Doi: 10.1080/15548627.2017.1389356*. co-first author.

Marcellini, V.*, Piano Mortari*, E.,Fedele, G., Gesualdo, F., Pandolfi, E., Midulla, F., Stefanelli, P., Tozzi, AE., The Pertussis Study Group, Carsetti, R. Protection against Pertussis in Humans Correlates to Elevated Serum Antibodies and Memory B Cells. Frontiers in Immunology. Doi:10.3389/fimmu.2017.01158. *co-first author.

Baban A., Cantarutti N., Adorisio R., Lombardi R., Calcagni G., Piano Mortari E., Francesco P., Iorio F.S., Digilio M.C., Giannico S., Drago F., Carotti A. Long Term Survival and Phenotypic Spectrum in Children with Heterotaxy Syndrome: a 25 Year Follow Up Analysis. International Journal of Cardiology. Doi: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2018.02.05

Rosado MM., Aranburu A., Scarsella M., Cascioli G., Giorda E., Del Chierico F., Levi Mortera S., Piano Mortari E., Petrini S., Putignani L., Carsetti R. Spleen Development Is Modulated By Neonatal Gut Microbiota. Immunology Letters. Doi: 10.1016/j.imlet.2018.04.010