Dr. Mariani studied Biology at the Sapienza Rome University, Italy, and graduated in 1990. She then joined the research group of Prof. Colizzi at Biology Dept. Tor Vergata University, Rome, Italy. She received her PhD degree in 1993 at the same institution. She then moved in 1994 for a two years postdoctoral fellowship supervised by Dr De Libero at the Department of Research, Experimental Immunology Lab. University Hospital, Switzerland. She obtained the position of an Scientist at the Institute of Experimental Medicine, National Research Council, Rome, Italy, in 1996. She has published more than 40 research articles in SCI(E) journals.