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Staff Spotlight: Guglielmo (Bill) Venturi, PhD

Monday, April 29, 2019
Guglielmo (Bill) Venturi

Guglielmo (Bill) Venturi, PhD, was nominated for the Staff Spotlight by John Sleasman, MD, the Glenn A. Kiser and Eltha Muriel Kiser Professor of Pediatrics and chief of the Divisions of Allergy and Immunology and Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine, as a result of his dedicated work for several pediatric investigators in not only allergy and immunology but also rheumatology, infectious diseases, and pulmonary and sleep medicine. 

According to Dr. Sleasman, "Bill assists various investigators with their biorepositories, performing work including sample processing and storage (at all times and usually without warning), bar coding and entering samples into a common data base, and sample retrieval.  Bill consistently pitches in to help others and is ‘just a good guy’." 

Bernard Fischer, DVM, PhD, associate professor of pediatric allergy and immunology, who also works with Dr. Venturi, says, "Bill is very knowledgeable about flow cytometry-related work and human blood sample processing. He is a great person to work with. He is very congenial, friendly, a team player and is always available to help out.  Can’t get any better of a co-worker."

Thank you, Dr. Venturi for your consistent and high quality work for the Department of Pediatrics!

In Bill's own words

What made you decide to come to Duke?
I decided to come to Duke due to the outstanding research program and the proximity to family.

How long have you been working at Duke and in the Department of Pediatrics?
I have been working at Duke for the past 18 years, the first 16 of which were in the Department of Immunology. Over the last two years, I have been working in the Department of Pediatrics.

What are your responsibilities within the department?
My role in the department is to assist Dr. Sleasman in his research program, by running assays, analyzing data and helping in manuscript preparation. I am currently working on two main projects. The aim of the first project is to study infant immune development, while the other project’s aim is to study the effects of HIV infection on inflammatory pathways in adolescents. We are about to embark on another exciting research project that will study the effects of substance use on impaired inflammatory and neurocognitive pathways in HIV-infected adolescents. Our goal is to determine the molecular basis for any observed changes with the hope of improving treatments options. In addition, I also help maintain a large biorepository of samples from various autoimmune, primary immunodeficiency and HIV studies. Eventually, these samples will be used for project specific research assays.

What do you enjoy most about your work?
Working with such a diverse group of people on exciting projects, in a collaborative manner, is the most rewarding aspect of my work. I enjoy knowing that the research we are carrying out may directly impact the care and health of children and young adults.

What’s one thing about you that most people don’t know?
Since I go by the name Bill, not many people know that I was born in Milan, Italy, and that Italian is my native language. My given name, Guglielmo, is William in Italian.

What was the best advice you ever received?
The advice that has had an influence on me over the course of many years, but can be hard to follow sometimes, is to never give up.

What passions or hobbies do you have outside of the department?
I enjoy the outdoors, especially camping and backpacking with my family. I’m involved in the Scouts with my sons, and I have been involved in the Y-Guides with my daughter. I also enjoy running and biking. I have run numerous half-marathons and a few marathons with my wife, family and friends.