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Group leader:  Luca Bonfanti and  Paolo Peretto

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Paolo Peretto

Associate Professor of Comparative Anatomy and Cytology


Tel +39 011 6706605 NICO
+390116704673 c.o. Dept of Animal and Human Biology, University of Turin

Curriculum vitae

Born in Turin on 18.09. 1963. Italian.
1993- Degree in Biological Science, University of Turin (Italy).
1994- Practical laboratory training, Lab. of Neurobiology, Dept. of Animal and Human Biology, University of Turin; two months stage at the Dept. of Pharmacology, University of Basel (Switzerland)
1995- Telethon Foundation fellowship, at the Dept. of Neuroscience, University of Turin.
1995-1998- PhD in Neuroanatomy at the Dept. of Veterinary Morphophysiology, University of Turin.
1998- post-doc fellowship (Cavalieri Ottolenghi Foundation) at the Dept. of Animal and Human Biology, University of Turin.
1999-2004- Assistant Professor at the Dept of Animal and Human Biology, University of Turin.
2000- Visiting Assistant Professor at the Dept. of Anatomy and Neurobiology, University of Maryland (USA).
2004-today- Associate Professor in Comparative Anatomy and Biology of Vertebrates, Faculty of Science, University of Turin.

Scientific Education:
Grow up at the laboratory of Neurobiology, Univ. of Turin, directed by Prof. Aldo Fasolo working on the development of the olfactory system. PhD on adult neurogenesis in mammals, under the supervision of Prof. Luca Bonfanti. Research experiences in national (Dept of Pharmacology, Univ. of Milan; Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome), and international laboratories (Dept of Pharmacology, Univ. of Basel; Dept of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Univ. of Maryland).

Technical competences :
in vivo and in vitro techniques of brain analysis, including immunocytochemistry, stereotaxic injections, confocal microscopy and tissues cultures.

Principal lines of research:
Comparative analysis of adult neurogenesis in mammals (physiological and pathological conditions).
Neurogenesis in the accessory olfactory bulb of adult rodents (feature and function).

Main scientific collaborations:
Prof Frank Zufall, Dept Of Physiology, University of Saarland School of Medicine, Homburg (Germany). Dr. Parlato Rosanna, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg (Germany). Dr. Claudio Giachino, Dept. of Molecular Embryology, Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology, Freiburg (Germany). Prof. Frank Margolis, Dept. of Anatomy and Neurobiology, University of Maryland, Baltimore (USA). Dr. Adam Puche Dept. of Anatomy and Neurobiology, University of Maryland, Baltimore (USA). Dr. Francesca Cirulli, Istituto Superiore Sanità, Rome (Italy). Prof. Marco Andrea Riva, Dept. of Scientific Neuropharmacology, University of Milan (Italy). Dr. Silvia De Marchis, Dept. Of Animal and Human Biology, University of Turin (Italy). Prof. Aldo Fasolo, Dept. Animal and Human Biology, University of Turin (Italy). Prof. Giorgio Merlo, Molecular Biotechnology Center, University of Turin (Italy). Profs. Luca Bonfanti, Ferdinando Rossi, Giancarlo Panzica; Dr. Annalisa Buffo, NICO, Orbassano (Italy).

Guest Referee for international scientific journals and grant projects:
European Journal of Neuroscience; Developmental Neurobiology; Hippocampus; Journal of Comparative Neurology; Brain Research; Neurochemical Research; Neurological Foundation of New Zealand (years 2009, 2010)

Scientific Societies:
Society for Neuroscience (USA)

Membership in research centers:
Neuroscience Institute Cavalieri Ottolenghi (NICO, Turin);
Neuroscience Institute Turin (NIT).

Main invited conferences:
2003- 49th Congress of the Italian Group of Embryology- GEI (Pisa): Role of the morphogenetics factors BMPs and Noggin in the olfactory system of rodents;
2006- 3rd International Stem Cell School of Regenerative medicine, University of Rostock (Germany): Neurogenesis in the caudate nucleus of the adult rabbit;
2006- Marie Curie Workshop on Brain Repair, Torino (Italy): Neurogenic capacity of the adult mammalian brain;
2009- 9e Colloque Sociètè des Neurosciences, Bordeaux (France): Neurogenesis in the striatum of the adult mammalian brain;
2009- XIX Congress ECRO, Cagliari (Italy): Integration and survival of newly-formed neurons in the AOB of adult mice.


Opposite-sex attraction in male mice requires testosterone dependent regulation of adult olfactory bulb neurogenesis

Scientific Reports , October 2016
Schellino R, Trova S, Cimino I, Farinetti A, Jongbloets BC, Pasterkamp RJ, Panzica G, Giacobini P, De Marchis S, Peretto P.

25 January 2017