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Group leader:  Alessandro Vercelli

Serena Stanga

Serena Stanga

Assistant Professor RTDB of Human Anatomy


Tel   + 39 011 670 6632 - 3254
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Born in Crema (Cremona) on June 3rd 1983. Italian.

2005. Bachelor Degree in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, University of Pavia;

2007. Master Degree in Pharmaceutical and Medical Biotechnology, University of Pavia;

2010. Ph.D. in Pharmacological Sciences (XXIII cycle), University of Pavia;

2011-2013. Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Neuroscience (IoNS), UCLouvain, Belgium;

2014-2015. Research Assistant at the Institute of Neuroscience (IoNS), UCLouvain, Belgium;

2016-July 2018. Research Associate at the Institute of Neuroscience (IoNS), UCLouvain, Belgium;

2018. 2nd level University Master Degree in Translational Medicine, Institute for Interdisciplinary Innovation in Healthcare (I3H), UniversitéLibre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium;

2018- present. Research Associate at the Neuroscience Institute CavalieriOttolenghi (NICO), University of Turin;

2019-2021. Assistant Professor (RTD-A) in Human Anatomy (BIO/16) at NICO, Department of Neuroscience Rita Levi Montalcini, University of Turin;

2021- present. Assistant Professor in tenure track (RTD-B) in Human Anatomy (BIO/16) at NICO, Department of Neuroscience Rita Levi Montalcini, University of Turin.

Research Interests:
I am interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms underpinning neurodegeneration. My research focuses on mitochondrial dysfunctions and neurotrophic growth factors’ alterations during healthy aging and disease, especially Alzheimer’s disease (AD), Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). Unveiling the molecular mechanisms behind brain aging and degeneration will lead to finding new therapeutic targets and potential biomarkers for early diagnosis and to test treatments’ efficacy.

Guest referee for international scientific journals:
Neurobiology of Disease, Frontiers in Neuroscience, Frontiers in Neurology, Frontiers in Psychiatry, International Journal of Molecular Sciences, Scientific Reports.

Scientific Societies and Membership in research networks:
Society for Neuroscience (SfN-USA); Gruppo Italiano per lo Studio della Neuromorfologia (G.I.S.N.), Neuroscience Institute Turin (NIT),  Società Italiana di Biologia Sperimentale (SIBS), Società Italiana di Neuroscienze (SINS).

Scientific collaborations:

Pr. Pascal KIENLEN-CAMPARD, Institute of Neuroscience, UCLouvain, Belgium; Pr. Giulio MUCCIOLI, Louvain Drug Research Institute - LDRI, UCLouvain, Belgium; Pr. Donatienne TYTECA, Institut de Duve, UCLouvain, Belgium; Pr. Vincent VAN PESCH, Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc, Belgium; Pr. Adrian IVANOIU, Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc, Belgium; Dr. Emilie AUDOUARD, Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle Épinière INSERM, Paris, France;

Pr. Federico FORNERIS, Università degli Studi di Pavia; Dr. Daniela ROSSI, Fondazione Salvatore Maugeri, Pavia; Pr. Paolo PORPORATO, MBC, Università degli Studi di Torino; Dr. Antonella ROETTO, Università degl iStudi di Torino; Dr. Cristina PANUZZO, Università degli Studi di Torino; Dr. Barbara PERGOLIZZI, Università degli Studi di Torino; Prof. Andrea GRAZIANI, Università degli Studi di Torino


Iron arm with aging

Scientific Reports , 9 July 2022

Activation of the Hepcidin-Ferroportin1 pathway in the brain and astrocytic–neuronal crosstalk to counteract iron dyshomeostasis during aging

Mezzanotte M, Ammirata G, Boido M, Stanga S, Roetto A   

28 July 2022

Mitochondrial Dysfunctions: A Red Thread across Neurodegenerative Diseases

International Journal of Molecular Sciences , May 2020

Serena Stanga*, Anna Caretto, Marina Boido, Alessandro Vercelli

17 September 2020