Giulia Calenda is a senior research investigator in the HIV and AIDS program. She tests the activity of new Council technologies, such as microbicide gels and rings, on tissue biopsies cultured to mimic conditions within the body to determine their safety and effectiveness.
Calenda has presented and published widely, both since joining the Council in 2011 and earlier in her career. She is a member of the New York Academy of Science, the Sexual Medicine Society of North America, and was an instructor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Completing postdoctoral work at the New York Blood Center, Calenda earned her PhD in biochemistry from Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and her MS in pharmaceutical chemistry and technology from Padua University, Italy.