Curriculum

POSITION

Associate Professor at the Department of Biology, Unit of Cell and Developmental Biology, University of Pisa

STUDIES AND SCIENTIFIC TRAINING

November 2016 – November 2019: Researcher (type B) at the Department of Biology,  Unit of Cell and Developmental Biology, University of Pisa

November 2016 – July 2018: Visiting Research Scientist, Department of Neuroscience, Yale School of Medicine – New Haven, CT – USA

August 2013 – November 2016: Associate Research Scientist at the Department of Neuroscience, Yale  School of Medicine, in the laboratory directed by Prof. Nenad Sestan. Study of the mechanisms by which the neuronal diversity present in the human cerebral cortex is generated. Investigation using human  and non-human primate neural and pluripotent stem cells, to recapitulate development, evolution and pathological events of the human brain.

January 2008 – July 2013: PostDoc at the Department of Biosciences, University of Milan, in the laboratory directed by Prof. Elena Cattaneo. Study of the biology of embryonic and neural stem cells and differentiation towards striatal neurons, selectively affected in Huntington’s Disease.

October 2007: PhD in Neurobiology at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa.
Thesis title: “Molecular determinants of Xotx2 and Xotx5b action in retinal cell fate specification”.
Supervisor: Prof. Lamberto Maffei
Co-supervisors: Prof. Robert Vignali
Prof. Federico Cremisi

October 2003: Master Degree in Biological Sciences at University of Pisa.
Thesis title: “Determination of cell types in the retina of Xenopus laevis: molecular mechanisms of action of otd / Otx gene family in retinogenesis”.
Supervisor: Prof. Robert Vignali