Chiara M. Motta

Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Italy

Chiara Maria Motta works as an Associate Professor of cytotoxicology and animal anatomy in the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy. Chiara obtained a B.S. degree in natural science from the University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy, an M.S. degree in animal biology from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK, and a Ph.D. degree in evolutionary biology from the University of Naples Federico II. Chiara's research interests include mechanisms of embryo differentiation in vertebrates (fish and lacertids) and effects of exposure to hormones, drugs (antibiotics and homeopathic products), and xenobiotics (detergents and industrial waste), including heavy metals (cadmium, zinc. and copper); control of oocytes recruitment and differentiation in vertebrates (fish, lacertids, and mammals), with special emphasis on the effects of steroids and gonadotropins; the mechanisms controlling follicle cells apoptosis; production and storage of reserve materials (ribosomal RNAs, glycoproteins) in oocytes of teleosts and lacertids; caspase expression and function in different tissues of vertebrates and invertebrates; mucosal immunity in Antarctic notothenioids, with a special emphasis on the localization of immunoglobulin secreting cells in the epidermis; and effects of heavy metals on vision and photoreceptor efficiency: cytological, molecular, and behavioral aspects.

Biography Updated on 22 January 2013

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