1983: Degree in Medicine, Univ of Modena 1986: Specialist in Endocrinology, Univ of Modena 1980-1989: research scientist, lab of Neurochemistry, head prof Luigi F. Agnati, Institute of Human Physiology, Univ of Modena, Italy. 1984, and for shorter periods in the following years: research fellow, lab of Neurochemistry, head prof Kjell Fuxe, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. 1989-1998: Research Associate, Dept of Biomedical Sciences, Section of Physiology, Univ of Modena, Italy. 1990-1993: research fellow, lab of Molecular Neurobiology, head prof Jean-Pierre Changeux, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France. 1993-1994: Associate Professor, Collége de France, Paris, France. 1998-present: Associate Professor, Dept of Biomedical Sciences, Univ of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy. 2004-present: Full Professor, Dept of Biomedical Sciences, Univ of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy. 2006-present: Invited Professor, lab of Molecular and Cellular Biology of the Ecole Normale Superieure, Lyon, France 1984/85 and 1985/86: "Fondazione Azzolini" award, for M.D., University of Modena. 1985/86, 1986/87 and 1987/88: CNR-Farmindustria fellowships. 1990: Del Duca Foundation fellowship. 1991: European Molecular Biology Organization fellowship. 1992: Fyssen Foundation fellowship. 1995/97: European Community fellowship. 1999: Novartis Award of the Società Italiana di Neuroscienze Main research lines 1. Pathophysiology of neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptor subtypes with special reference to molecular and cellular mechanisms of nicotine dependence and neuroprotection 2. Functions of dentate gyrus adult neurogenesis 3. Neuroendocrine mechanisms of body weight regulation 4. Epigenetic mechanism s of neuronal plasticity in central circuits Author of 238 full-length papers (154 in refereed international journals, 65 on english book chapters, 2 in french journals and 17 in italian) with a global impact factor above 700 and an H-index = 49.
Biography Updated on 2 April 2012