Professor of Pharmacology.
In October 2015, she moved from University of Milan's Departiment of Medical Biotechnologies and Translational Medicine to Hunimed Humanitas University, where she heads the Neuroscience Program. In July 2014 she leads the CNR's Neuroscience Institute, a top institution in nervous system research based in Pisa, Milan, Padua and Cagliari.
She earned both graduation and doctorate at University of Pisa, a Postdoctoral fellowship at Yale School of Medicine 's Cell Biology Dept., and she's been a Visiting Scientist at University of Virginia's School of Medicine. Her research is focused on synapsis and how inflammation affects its behaviour.
She's a member of several scientific bodies: European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO); European Academy; International Scientific Advisory Board of Paris School of Neuroscience; Center of Psychiatry and Neurosciences of Paris-Descartes University; Science advisory board of Harvard Armenise Foundation; Science advisory Board of Umberto Veronesi Foundation and EBRI-Rita Levi Montalcini Foundation.
She wrote more than 120 papers and reviews with an average impact factor of around 7 and several book chapters. His H index (top italian scientists' ranking) is 52. Having inspired a generation of young scientists, in 2013 Nature magazine awarded her with a Mid Career Mentoring Award.
In 2015 she received in Rome Municipality the Atena Prize for her scientific contributions.