Dr. Domenico Santoro graduated in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Naples “Federico II” in 2001. In 2006, he completed his Research Doctorate (DrSc) in Veterinary Internal Medicine (dermatology – major) at the same University. In 2007, he completed an Internship in Veterinary Dermatology at the North Carolina State University. In 2010, he obtained the status of Diplomate in both the European and the American College of Veterinary Dermatology (ECVD and ACVD). In the same year (2010), he completed a Master in Veterinary Clinical Sciences (dermatology - major) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. From 2010 to 2013 he was Visiting Clinical Instructor at the same University while working on his PhD in Veterinary Clinical Sciences (immunology - major), completed in 2013. The following year (2013- 2014) he was a post-doctoral associate in comparative dermatology at the University of Florida – College of Veterinary Medicine. In 2017, he obtained the status of Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists (ACVM - Bacteriology/Mycology, Immunology). Dr. Santoro is currently an Assistant Professor in Dermatology at the University of Florida – College of Veterinary Medicine. His main research interests include immunopathogenesis and treatment of canine atopic dermatitis and canine leishmaniosis. In particular, Dr. Santoro’s research mainly focuses on the evaluation of host defense peptides and host-microbe interaction in both diseases.