After completing his B.Sc. in molecular biology (2004), Dr. Velardi joined as a PhD candidate the laboratory of Prof. Carlo Riccardi at the University of Perugia (Italy) and earned his doctorate in 2008. There, Dr. Velardi mainly focused his research activity on understanding the mechanisms underlying the effects of corticosteroid hormones on the proliferation, survival and differentiation of immune and nonimmune cells.
After receiving the Italian Foundation for Cancer Research (FIRC) fellowship, Dr. Velardi joined the laboratory of Dr. Marcel van den Brink in 2011. Specifically, in van den Brink’s laboratory Dr. Velardi's research is primary focused in understanding the biology underlying the decline and recovery of the thymus and bone marrow after immune insults, and use this knowledge to individuate therapeutic targets for the regeneration of the immune system in immunocompromised patients.
Italian Foundation for Cancer Research Award for Abroad Research (2011), Italian Society of Pharmacology Award for Abroad Research (2011), American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation New Investigator Award (2013).