Cristina Ulivieri obtained the "Laurea" degree (summa cum laude) in Biological Sciences University of Siena in 1996. In 2001 she obtained the master in Evolutionary Biology and and in 2004 the Ph.D. degree in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Siena, Italy. From 1996 she joined the Department of Evolutionary Biology of the University of Siena (now Department of Life Sciences) as recipient of post-doctoral research contract (1996-1997; 2002-2004), post-doctoral Fellow from University of Siena (1997-1998) and post-doctoral FIRC (Federazione Italiana Ricerca sul Cancro) fellow (1999-2001). She has FELASA (Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations) certification. She collaborated as assistant to pratical courses of Experimental Biology II (A.A. 1997-2001), Experimental Biology I and Molecular biology II (A.A. 1999-2003) at University of Siena. She holds the courses of Molecular genetic and OGM (A.A.2002/2003), Electronic Microscopy, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry laboratory (A.A. 2003/2004-2004/2005), Recombinant DNA Technology (A.A. 2003/2004) and Molecular Biology, Master in Bioinformatics “Alberto Del Lungo” (2005-2007) at University of Siena. Since 2005, she has been Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology at the University of Siena, where she holds the courses of Molecular Biology and Recombinant DNA (A.A. 2005/2006), Recombinant DNA Technology (2007-2011), Molecular Genetics. (A.A. 2011/2012 -2012/2013 A.A. 2013/2014), Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Laboratory (2005-2010), Immunopathology and Molecular Biology (2010-2011), Molecular Biology of Immune Responses (2006-2009). Molecular Biology (A.A. 2014/2015-2015/2016-2016/2017- 2017-2018). She has been member of the teaching Committee for First cycle degree, Biological Sciences, University of Siena (2007-2010) Second cycle degree (Laurea Magistrale), Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Siena (2012-2014). From 2002 to 2014 she has been Tutor for incoming students project “Nuovi-Per-Corsi di Qualità”, University of Siena (2002-2014). From 2005 she has been member of PhD committee, PhD program in Evolutionary Biology, University of Siena (2005-2009), PhD program in Life Sciences, University of Siena (2010 -present). She is the coordinator of the "Commissione paritetica" which organizes the Quality Assurance activities of Degree courses at the Department of Life Sciences. From 2013 she is Member of Animal Welfare Body, University of Siena.
Her research interests are in molecular and cellular immunology with a focus on signal transduction pathways in lymphocyte activation and apoptosis, as well as in mast cell activation. She has expertise in flow cytometry applied to immunology as well as in the in vivo analysis of the immune response in the mouse. She has recently focused her research on the EAE mouse model of MS as well as in the study of neuroinflammation, including the contribution of astrocytes to this process. He has been involved in a number of national and international research project funded by the Italian Ministry of University (MIUR), AIRC (Associazione Italiana Ricerca sul Cancro), FISM (Fondazione Italiana Sclerosi Multipla), ITT (Istituto Toscano Tumori) and the European Commission. She has been coordinator for national research project funded by University of Siena and by ITT (Istituto Toscano Tumori). She is author of 49 scientific pubblications in peer-reviewed international journals.