Group leader: Annalisa Buffo
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Born in Turin, 08.05.1981 - Italian
2010 PhD in Neuroscience, University of Turin, Italy
2005 Master’s degree in Neurobiology (summa cum laude and honourable mention), University of Turin, Italy
Assistant Professor in tenure track (RTD-B) in Human Anatomy (BIO/16). Has achieved the National Academic Qualification (ASN) as Associate Professor in Human Anatomy (05/H1, 2017-2023)
2015-2017 Senior Post-doc Fellow (Assegnista di Ricerca). Independent fundings granted by Cariplo Foundation (Ricerca Biomedica condotta da Giovani Ricercatori). Department of Neuroscience Rita Levi Montalcini and Neuroscience Institute Cavalieri Ottolenghi (NICO), University of Turin, Italy.
Jun-Aug 2015 Visiting Scholar in Dr. Akiko Nishiyama’s laboratory, Department of Physiology and Neurobiology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT (USA).
2010-2014 Post-doc Fellow, Department of Neuroscience Rita Levi Montalcini and Neuroscience Institute Cavalieri Ottolenghi (NICO), University of Turin, Italy. PI: Prof. Annalisa Buffo
2005–2009 PhD student, Department of Neuroscience, University of Turin, Italy. PI: Prof. Filippo Tempia
2003–2005 Undergraduate student, Department of Human and Animal Biology, University of Turin, Italy. PI: Prof. Isabelle Perroteau.
Grants, Fellowships and Awards
2015-2018 Cariplo Ricerca Biomedica condotta da Giovani Ricercatori, two-years project granted by Cariplo Foundation, Milan, Italy. Characterization of a novel microRNA involved in myelination: a new potential pathogenetic mechanisms in multiple sclerosis (ID: 2014-1207)
2015 Postdoctoral Fellowship granted by Fondazione Umberto Veronesi, Milan, Italy. Targeting oligodendrocyte progenitor cell division mode to improve myelin repair in the aging CNS
2014 Postdoctoral fellowship granted by Fondazione Umberto Veronesi, Milan, Italy. Rejuvenating the brain: targeting neural stem/progenitor cell division mode to improve cognitive functions and repair abilities of the aging CNS.
2012-2013 Giuseppe Levi Postdoctoral fellowship, Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Rome, Italy. Oligodendrocyte progenitor self-renewal and differentiation: insights into symmetric and asymmetric divisions and possible implications in dysmyelination following peri-natal hypoxia.
2009-2010 Post-doc fellowship, Dept. of Neuroscience, University of Turin. PI: Dr. Annalisa Buffo
2005-2009 PhD fellowship granted by the CRT (Cassa di Risparmio di Torino) Foundation, Lagrange Project for the study of Complex Systems. Dept. of Neuroscience, University of Turin. PI: Prof. Filippo Tempia
2006 OPTIME Award 2005-2006 (The best graduate student at the Faculty of Biology, University of Turin) by Unione Industriale di Torino.
2005 Antonio Marzullo Award (The best undergraduate students in Cellular Biology), granted by University of Trieste, Italy
Oligodendroglia-neurons cross-talk in health and disease. Myelination. De-/Dis-myelinating disorders. Molecular mechanisms involved in the regulation of the self-renewal and differentiation of neural progenitor cells (neural stem cells and oligodendrocyte progenitor cells).
Prof. Maria Pia Abbracchio, Dr. Davide Lecca (Dept. Pharmacological Sciences, University of Milan, Italy)
Dr. Claudia Verderio (Institute of Neuroscience, CNR, Milan, Italy)
Prof. Ferdinando di Cunto, Dr. Federico Bianchi (Dept. of Molecular Biotechnology and Health Science and NICO, University of Turin, Italy)
Dr. Andrea Marcantoni (Dept. of Drug Science and Technology, University of Turin, Italy)
Prof. Alessandro Vercelli (Dept. of Neuroscience and NICO, University of Turin)
Prof. Verdon Taylor, Dr. Chiara Rolando (Embriology and Stem Cell Biology, Dept. of Biomedicine, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland)
Prof. Martin Schwab (University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland)
Dr. Anissa Kempf (Dept. of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford, UK)
Invited seminars and oral communications
Inherent heterogeneity in dorsal and ventral OPCs of the mouse CNS unveiled by Citron-kinase deletion. 3 December 2016, “More than Neurons Meeting: toward a less neuronocentric view of brain disorders”, Turin, Italy
Inherent heterogeneity in dorsal and ventral OPCs of the mouse CNS unveiled by Citron-kinase deletion. 23 November 2016, Convegno del Gruppo Italiano di Neuromorfologia (GISN), Verona, Italy
Heterogeneity and balance between proliferation and differentiation in the oligodendrocyte progenitor pool. 18 November 2015, Department of Pharmacological and Biomedical Sciences, University of Milan, Italy (“NICO meets DisFEB” Seminar Series: program of joint seminars organized by the Neuroscience Institute Cavalieri Ottolenghi, University of Turin and the Department of Pharmacological and Biomedical Sciences, University of Milan). Host: Prof. Roberto Melcangi
Balancing self-renewal and differentiation of the oligodendrocyte progenitor pool: insights into cell intrinsic regulatory mechanisms. 9 October 2015, SINS (Italian Society of Neuroscience) Meeting 2015, Cagliari, Italy
Heterogeneity and balance between proliferation and differentiation in the oligodendrocyte progenitor pool. 24 September 2015, XVI Congress of the Spanish Society of Neuroscience, Granada, Spain (in place of Dr. Annalisa Buffo)
Dynamics of self-renewal and differentiation of the oligodendrocyte progenitor pool in the CNS parenchyma. 29 November 2013, CNR, Institute of Neuroscience, Milan, Italy (invited by Dr. Patrizia Rosa)
The GPR17 receptor in oligodendroglial cells: focus on cell heterogeneity, maturation and participation in CNS damage. July 2012, Advanced School on New Approaches in Glial Cell Research, International Society for Neurochemistry, Barcelona, Spain (poster selected for oral presentation)
The GPR17 receptor in oligodendroglial cells: cell maturation, heterogeneity and participation in CNS damage. November 2011, IV Convegno Monotematico della SIF, ‘Immunità e infiammazione nelle malattie del cervello. Nuovi bersagli farmacologici per terapie innovative’, Milan, Italy.
Guest referee for international scientific journals:
Neurochemical Research, Front Neurosci, Plos One, Purinergic Signalling, BMC Molecular Biology, Theriogenology
Reviewer in international grant projects:
2015 Ad-hoc reviewer for Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia
Italian Society of Neuroscience (SINS)
Italian Group for the Study of Neuromorphology (GISN)
, September 2017
Anissa Kempf, Enrica Boda, Jessica C.F. Kwok, Rafael Fritz, Valentina Grande, Andrea M. Kaelin, Zorica Ristic, Andre Schmandke, Antonio Schmandke, Bjoern Tews, James W. Fawcett, Olivier Pertz, Annalisa Buffo and Martin E. Schwab
Preventive motor training but not progenitor grafting ameliorates cerebellar ataxia and deregulated autophagy in tambaleante mice.
Neurobiology of Disease
, February 2017
Fucà E, Guglielmotto M, Boda E, Rossi F †, Leto K, Buffo A
Transferrin Receptor 2 Dependent Alterations of Brain Iron Metabolism Affect Anxiety Circuits in the Mouse.
Pellegrino RM, Boda E, Montarolo F, Boero M, Mezzanotte M, Saglio G, Buffo A, Roetto A