Directors Europe


Antonio Toniolo, M.D., FAMH

Professor of Medical Microbiology, University of Insubria Medical School, Varese, Italy

Dr. Antonio Toniolo is ad Honorem Professor at the International School of Medical Sciences, Panama City, Panama.

He is Professor of Medical Microbiology and Director of the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory at the University of Insubria Medical Center in Varese, Italy. Graduated in Medicine at the University of Pisa, Italy in 1972, obtained his board certification in Medical Microbiology in 1976. He then became Assistant and Associate Professor at the same Medical School.

After 3-year research training at the National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, Maryland) under Abner Louis Notkins, he served as Professor of Medical Microbiology with clinical responsibilities at four different Italian Medical Schools: Sassari, Pisa, Pavia, Insubria (1998-present). Visiting Professor of Virology, University of Tokyo (1997).

President of the Italian Society for Medical and Clinical Microbiology (2001-2006), he is member of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), the NIH Alumni Association (NIHAA), the International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD), the Steering Committee of Virus in Diabetes International Study Group (VIDIS), the European Polio Union (EPU).


Since 2013 he is Senior Research Scholar at “Centro Beniamino Segre”, Accademia dei Lincei in Rome and  Chair of the National Committee for the Selection of University Professors in Medical Microbiology.

He received research awards from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF, New York), the Network for Pancreatic Organ Donors (NPOD, Miami, FL), Post-Polio Health International (PHI, St. Louis, MO),  The Bran Institute (Tokyo, Japan), Wyeth-Lederle, Italy and other Italian and European Research Agencies.

For over 30 years he has been teaching and lecturing at the national and international levels. Opinion leader in medical microbiology has long experience with hospital-acquired infections, microbial drug resistance, transplants, community-acquired infections, pregnancy, childhood infections, virus-induced disorders, including type 1 diabetes and post-polio syndrome. As Clinical Microbiologist, has taken part to numerous Clinical Studies for Pharma Companies and CROs.


Scientific interests: association of virus infections with neurologic and endocrine disorders of unknown etiology, molecular diagnosis in microbiology, determinants and epidemiology of antimicrobial drug resistance.


Bibliometric data: Papers: 161, Citations: 4018, H-index: 36, Hc-index: 20



M.D., 1972 - University of Pisa Medical School, Italy

License to practice Medicine: Italy, 1976; Switzerland, 2002

Board Certification in Medical Microbiology: Italy, 1976; Switzerland, 2010

Post-Doctoral training in Experimental Medicine (1978-81), National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA.