Dr. Pennisi studied Biology at the University of Messina, Italy and graduated as MS in 2014. She joined the research group of Prof. Sciortino at the University of Messina working in the field of Virology, analyzing the molecular pathways linked to immune evasion during HSV-1 infection. She received her PhD degree in 2018 at the same institution. She collaborated with foreign research groups such as IARC in Lyon, SIIBR in Shenzhen and University of Turku in Finland, as documented by the related scientific production which were carried out in collaboration with. After two- year postdoctoral fellowship supervised by Prof. Zhou Grace at the International Institute for Biomedical Research (SIIBR) in Shenzhen, she obtained the academic position as a researcher in Microbiology at the University of Messina and the host-virus interaction and the molecular pathways involved in the regulation of the innate immune response mediated by HSV-1.