Dr Vecellio received his PhD degree in Translational and Molecular Medicine in 2012 from the University of Milan – Bicocca (Italy). He has been working in the rheumatology and musculoskeletal disease field since 2013, when he joined the lab of Professor Wordsworth at the Nuffield Department of Orthopedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences – University of Oxford, working on the genetics of Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS). He has been awarded in 2017 with 5 years Versus Arthritis Career Development Fellowship with a project on the regulation of the transcription factor RUNX3 in AS. He has served as main author in several papers exploring the role of genetic variants associated with AS susceptibility, using a wide array of functional genetics approaches. His lab recent work has been recognized with the Garrod Award 2021- Excellence in Rheumatology Research from the British Society of Rheumatology. From November 2022 he has been appointed as Scientific Coordinator – Principal Investigator of the Centro Ricerche FIRA (Fondazione Italiana Ricerca sull’Artrite) at Fondazione Pisana per la Scienza Onlus. In 2022 he has achieved the National Scientific qualification as associate in Medical Genetics.