Manuela Raffatellu is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. She received her M.D. at the University of Sassari, Italy, in 2000, then joined the laboratory of Dr. Andreas Bäumler as a postdoctoral fellow in 2002, first at Texas A&M University and then at the University of California, Davis. She started her own lab at the University of California, Irvine in 2008, then relocated to the University of California, San Diego in 2017. Her research focuses on Salmonella interaction with the mucosal immune response in the inflamed gut and with the intestinal microbiota. She is the recipient of several awards, including the IDSA ERF/NFID Astellas Young Investigator Award, the ICAAC Young Investigator Award from the American Society for Microbiology, and the Burroughs Wellcome Funds Investigator in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease Award.