Michela Ori is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Biology, Faculty of Sciences, University of Pisa where she is teaching the course of Organogenesis. Ori received the Ph.D. degree in developmental biology (Professor F.M. Rijli's lab in the IGBMC institute, Strasbourg, France, joined to Professor Irma Nardi's lab, University of Pisa, Italy) regarding the role of the homeotic gene Hoxa2 during the cranial neural crest development in Xenopus laevis. After four years of postdoctoral activity in Strasboug and Pisa, Ori established her own group in the University of Pisa as Research Assistant focusing on two main projects. The first one concerned the functional role of extracellular matrix molecules in the processes of neural crest cell migration and myoblast differentiation. The second focused on the role of serotonin (5-HT) and its 5-HT2B receptor during the ocular and craniofacial morphogenesis. More recently she started two new projects: the first aimed to evaluate the relationship between PDGF signaling, extracellular matrix remodeling, and the migratory/proliferative cell behavior during embryonic development and glioma progression; the second concerned the functional study of new genes involved in the adult and embryonic neurogenesis. Her areas of expertise are brain and eye development, neurogenesis, neurotransmitters, hox genes, neural crest, craniofacial development, organogenesis, extracellular matrix, PDGF, and glioma.
Biography Updated on 31 March 2013