Dr Castelnuovo is a researcher who has been working at the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI), Uganda, for 18 years.
She is the currently the Head of the Research Department, which hosts over 150 projects, and she has worked in several roles at IDI as a senior medical officer, study coordinators and thereafter assuming leadership roles. She obtained her Medical Degree and Master in Infectious Diseases at the University of Milan, and a PhD degree from the University of Antwerp (Belgium) while working at IDI. She has a long track record in implementing clinical research and models of delivering HIV care, both for observational studies and clinical trials in HIV medicine including co-morbidities.
In the last five years has also been the Head of the Research Capacity Building Units, which hosts and support Ugandan scholars from 5 different capacity building grants, and foreign students from international collaborating Institution. She has personally mentored master and PhD students, with currently 4 PhDs and 4 master students under her direct supervision. She is the recipient of a senior fellowship from EDCTP on HIV and aging, aiming to build capacity for geriatric medicine in Uganda and characterize geriatric syndrome in people aging with HIV.