Host institution: CIBERNED
Project Supervisor: Prof Jose Lucas
My name is Ivana and I come from Italy. I completed my B.Sc. in Biological Science at the Marche Polytechnic University with a project focused on local translation in neurons. Then, I graduated cum laude in Biology applied to Bio-medical Sciences- Neurobiology Curriculum- at the University of Pisa. My master final project included an internship at the Laboratory of Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, under the supervision of Dr Cristina Di Primio and Prof Antonino Cattaneo, where I worked on Tau protein and its involvement in Alzheimer’s Disease.
Thanks to an Erasmus + fellowship, I moved to Prof Jesus Avila’s Lab at the Centro de Biologia Molecular “Severo Ochoa”, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid. There, I spent three months investigating the differences between human and murine Tau protein. I continued my research activity in the group of Prof Bengt Winblad’s Lab, Karolinska Institutet, evaluating the role of FKBP51 protein in Tau metabolism, thanks to a second Erasmus + scholarship.
Currently, I am carrying out my PurinesDX project in the research group of Prof José Lucas at the Network Center for Biomedical Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases (CIBERNED) in Madrid. My aim is to elucidate the role of P2X7 receptor in Huntington Disease.
Why are you doing a PhD?
From the very first moment I started my biological studies, it was clear to me that my great passions were the nervous system and the mechanisms which guide its operation. This PhD is offering me the opportunity to improve my skills as neuroscientist.