2006 Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience, Faculty of Medicine and Biological Sciences, Leicester University (UK), (Supervisor: Professor Pierluigi Nicotera).
2001 Laurea degree in Biological Sciences, University of Padova (Italy). Final score: 110/110
Research and Professional Experience:
2014-present Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, University of Padova, Italy
2012-2014 Boursieres d’Excellence, Marie Curie Action Fellow. Faculté de médecine de Genève, University of Geneva, Switzerland
2011-2012 Boursieres d’Excellence, EMBO long term Fellow. Faculté de médecine de Genève, University of Geneva, Switzerland
2007-2011 Post Doctoral scientist. Medical Research Council (MRC), Centre for developmental and biomedical genetics. UK, Sheffield. (Neuroscience, Prof. A. Whitworth).
2006-2007 Post Doctoral scientist. Medical Research Council (MRC), Toxicology Unit. UK, Leicester. (Neuroscience, Prof. P. Nicotera).
2001-2006 PhD Student. Medical Research Council (MRC), Toxicology Unit. UK, Leicester. (Neuroscience, Prof. P. Nicotera).
2000-2001 Internship Student. Department of Histology Microbiology and Medical Biotechnologies. University of Padua, Italy (Development, Prof. S. Piccolo).
Feb 2012-2014 Marie Curie Action
Feb 2011-Feb 2012 EMBO Long Term
Sept 2006-Sept2007 MRC Special Award for outstanding contribution to the work of the MRC Toxicology Unit over the year 2006.
2015-2016 Michael J Fox Foundation, RRIA (Co-PI; 125,000 $)
2014-2015 Michael J Fox Foundation, RRIA (PI; 75,000 $)
2014-2017 “Brain Gain” grant, Italian Ministry of Health (PI; 232,000 €)
2014-2017 “Ricerca Finalizzata” grant, Italian Ministry of Health (PI; 342,088 €)
2015-2017 Marie Curie- Padova University co- funded program (PISCOPIA program), which was granted to Dr Joy Chakraborty, former post doc in Ziviani lab (Supervisor; 73,218€)
2015-2017 Grant to cover a 2-years Junior postdoctoral fellowship, University of Padova (40,000€).
2015-2016 Ricerca Scientifica fondi quota EX 60% Anno 2015 (PI, 3291€). Anno 2016 (PI, 4569€)
2013-2014 Parkinson Schweiz grant for the promotion of scientific Parkinson’s Research (PI; 25,000 CHF)
Graduate Students and researcher supervision:
2015-Present Dr Sophia Von Stockum, Post Doctoral scientist, Dr Joy Chakraborty, Marie Curie-University of Padova co- funded (Piscopia program) Post Doctoral Fellow, Dr Olivier Ek, Junior Post doctoral Fellow,
2015-Present Miss Elena Marchesan, internship student, Department of Biology, University of Padova, Italy.
Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience, Biology Direct
Regular Reviewer activity:
Cell Death and Differentiation
Cell Death and Disease
The Journal of Neuroscience
Grant reviewing activity
2016 Ad hoc peer review, Michael J. Fox foundation
2016 Ad hoc peer review, Parkinson’s UK
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