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My research focuses on investigating basic cell mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis of Parkinson's Disease and α-synucleinopathy. More specifically, I am interested in the pathobiology of α-synuclein, a gene associated with familiar and sporadic forms of the disease. Through a multidisciplinary approach that uses human tissues from Parkinsonian brains and cellular or animal models of α-synucleinopathy, I investigate the molecular mechanisms of α-synuclein induced cellular toxicity that lead to neuronal degeneration.
Research Faculty at Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Laboratory of Neurobiology.
Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Pathology, University of Parma, Italy, 2004.
M.S. (Laurea) in Biological Sciences, Molecular Biology major, summa cum laude, at the University of Parma, Italy, 1999.
Postdoctoral fellow at the Division of Neuropathology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA, 2004-2010.
Division of Nephrology Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine/University of Maryland School of Medicine Baltimore, USA, 2001-2004.
Department of Experimental Medicine, General Pathology section, University of Parma, 2000-2001.
PhD thesis title: Study of mechanisms of cell response to hypertonic stress and inflammation. (Advisors: R. Sala MD PhD, HM Kwon PhD).
Department of Experimental Medicine, General Pathology section, University of Parma, Italy, 1998-1999.
MS thesis title: Cationic amino acid transporters in human endothelial cells: identification and modulation by Lipopolysaccharide. (Advisors: R. Franchi–Gazzola MD, R. Sala MD PhD).