Santina Bruzzone was born in Genova, Italy, in 1972. She was graduated from the Department of Biology at the University of Genova, with honors (1996). After obtaining the Ph.D. degree (University of Milano, 2000), she spent one year (2001) in Minneapolis (Minn, USA) at the Department of Pharmacology, University of Minnesota, working in the lab of Professor Hon Cheung Lee. Back in Italy, she worked as a Postdoc Researcher at the Department of Experimental Medicine (DIMES, University of Genova), and in 2005, she became an Assistant Professor of biochemistry at the Medical School, University of Genova. She serves as a Referee for international journals of biochemistry and as a Consultant for national and international research funding agencies. Her main expertise is related to the NAD+/cyclic ADPR/calcium signaling in the physiology of different cell systems. Her current research interests include 1) the role of the plant hormone abscisic acid in human physiology, particularly in the regulation of glycemia; 2) the role of purinergic receptors in myelination and possible therapeutic implications for the Charcot-Marie-Tooth 1A (CMT1A) neuropathy; 3) the role of the enzyme nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase (NAMPT) in multiple sclerosis and leukemias.
Biography Updated on 4 October 2011