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Dr Ilaria Muller

Dr Ilaria Muller

Clinical Research Fellow

School of Medicine

UHW Main Building


I am a clinician (Endocrinologist) and I awarded a PhD in molecular endocrinology last June 2016: I have been trained in both clinical and basic research, with particular focus on thyroid diseases. I have also had exposure to undergraduate teaching, in particular as a facilitator for medical students (Year 1-2) in case-based learning lessons (C21 programme). I have also been involved in UG medic assessments. My long-term goal for my scientific career is to become an independent investigator at a leading academic institution, expert in the field of thyroid autoimmunity.  



  • Apr 2014 – PresentClinical Research Fellow, Division of Infection & Immunity, School of Medicine, Cardiff University, UK
  • May 2013 – Mar 2014Research Associate, IMEM, School of Medicine, Cardiff University, UK
  • Mar 2008 – Apr 2013: Trainee in Endocrinology and Metabolism, University Hospital of Pisa, Italy


  • Jun 2016: PhD (Molecular Endocrinology), School of Medicine, Cardiff University, UK. 
  • Jan 2015: Postgraduate Certificate in Biomedical Research (PGCert) with distinction (research skills & environment, data analysis, biomedical laboratory techniques), Cardiff University, UK
  • Jul 2013Full specialist registration in Endocrinology and Diabetes Mellitus with license to practice, UK General Medical Council 
  • Apr 2013: Specialist Certificate in Endocrinology and Metabolism, School of Medicine, University Hospital of Pisa, Italy: highest mark (110/110) summa cum laude
  • Feb 2008Italian Full License to Practise
  • Jul 2007: Degree in Medicine and Surgery (MBBS equivalent), School of Medicine, University of Pisa, Italy: highest mark (110/110) summa cum laude and additional distinction ("dignità di stampa della tesi”) for very high final grade point average

Honours and awards


  • Jan 2014 – Dec 2014    PI on 2013 Tenovus Innovation Grant (Tenovus Cancer Care, Wales, UK). Thyroid autoimmunity (TPOAb) as a biomarker of outcome in women with breast cancer - large scale study from the TACT trial.
  • May 2011 – Feb 2012  PI on grant 3E Program Exchange in Endocrinology Expertise – 2010 (UEMS). TPO and NIS expression as putative antigens in patients with breast cancer and thyroid autoimmunity.


  • Oct    2015: ETA Travel Award Grant at the 15th ITC 2015 (18th-23rd Oct), Orlando, Florida, USA and Finalist of the ITC 2015 Trainee Poster Contest
  • Sep    2014: ETA Travel Award Grant at the ETA 2014 (6th-10th Sep), Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • May   2012: ESE Basic Science Meeting Grant at the ICE/ECE 2012 (5th–9th May), Florence, Italy
  • Oct    2011: Winner of the Poster Prize at the I National Meeting of Oncological Endocrinology, Rome, Italy
  • Dec    2010: Oral Communication Prize at the XXVIII Giornate Italiane della Tiroide (GIT), Campobasso, Italy

Professional memberships

  • Member of the British Society for Immunology (BSI)
  • Member of the Society for Endocrinology (SfE)
  • Member of the British Thyroid Association (BTA)
  • Member of the European Society of Endocrinology (ESE)
  • Member of the European Thyroid Association (ETA)

Speaking engagements

  • 2015: 15th International Thyroid Congress, Lake Buena Vista Florida USA
  • 2011: 35° Annual Meeting of European Thyroid Association (ETA), Kraków (Poland)
  • 2009: 8th European Congress on Menopause (EMAS), London, UK