Marilia R. Pinzone, MD

Marilia R. Pinzone, MD

Fourth Year Fellow

Marilia is currently a fourth-year fellow and recipient of the Dean’s Scholar Award. She finished medical school and residency training at the University of Catania in Italy before spending five years as a postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Pinzone’s interests are HIV, TB and viral infections in immunocompromised hosts. She hopes to pursue a career as a Physician-Scientist.

“I chose WUSM for fellowship training because of the exciting research and clinical opportunities and the welcoming attitude towards physicians that have trained in other countries. I am still waiting to find my favorite spot in St. Louis. Forest Park is a good starting place though!”

While in the O’Doherty Lab at UPenn, I utilized near-full-length sequencing to longitudinally study the reservoir of individuals with HIV infection.

Patients seen at

Infectious Diseases Clinic
620 South Taylor Ave., Suite 100
St. Louis, MO 63110

  • Medical Degree: University of Catania Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, Cantania, Sicily
  • Post-doctoral fellowship: University of Pennsylvania
Selected Publications
  1. Pinzone MR, Weissman S, Pasternak AO, Zurakowski R, Migueles S, O’Doherty U. Naive infection predicts reservoir diversity and is a formidable hurdle to HIV eradication. JCI Insight 2021;150794. doi: 10.1172/jci.insight.150794.
  2. Venanzi Rullo E*, Pinzone MR*, Cannon L, Weissman S, Ceccarelli M, Zurakowski R, Nunnari G, O’Doherty U. Persistence of an intact HIV reservoir in phenotypically naive T cells. JCI Insight 2020;5(20):e133157. doi: 10.1172/jci.insight.133157.
  3. Pinzone MR, VanBelzen DJ, Weissman S, Bertuccio MP, Cannon L, Venanzi-Rullo E, Migueles S, Jones RB, Mota T, Joseph SB, Groen K, Pasternak AO, Hwang WT, Sherman B, Vourekas A, Nunnari G, O’Doherty U. Longitudinal HIV sequencing reveals reservoir expression leading to decay which is obscured by clonal expansion. Nat Commun 2019;10(1):728. doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-08431-7.