After graduating with a 1st class degree in cognitive psychology from the University of Trento (Italy) I have moved to the UK to pursue a career in neuroscience, securing a 4-years faculty scholarship at the University of Leeds for my PG research studies.
I am currently in my 1st year of a doctoral program in the School of biomedical sciences under the supervision of Dr Beatrice Filippi and Professor Jim Deuchars.
I am interested in investigating the role of the Dorsal Vagal Complex of the brain (DVC) in feeding behaviour, energetic balance and insulin/glucose homeostasis. This knowledge will be applied to the study of the biodynamics of the brown adipose tissue (BAT) a major thermogenic and endocrine system which has recently been found to be a potential target for the treatment of obesity and associated metabolic conditions in humans.
I aim to dissect the neuronal network that is involved in the activation of BAT thermogenesis to provide potential new tools for the treatment of obesity.
Techniques employed: Western blot, IHC,RNA extraction, qPCR, viral transfection, animal models including feeding studies, recovery and non-recovery procedures and brain surgeries under total anaesthesia.
- PhD Biomedical Sciences (2019/23)
- MSc Translational Neuropathology (Neuroscience)
- BSc Cognitive Psychology/Neuroscience