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Group leader:  Carola Eva

Ilaria Bertocchi

Ilaria Bertocchi

Assistant Professor RTD-A in Pharmacology


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Born in Turin, 13.04.1982 - Italian

2011 PhD in Pharmacology and Experimental and Clinic Therapy, University of Turin, Italy
2006 Master’s degree in Molecular Biotechnology (summa cum laude), University of Turin, Italy

Current position
Research Associate (RTD-A) in Pharmacology (BIO/14)

Previous positions
2016-2018. Senior Post-doc Fellow (Assegnista di Ricerca). Department of Neuroscience Rita Levi Montalcini and Neuroscience Institute Cavalieri Ottolenghi (NICO), University of Turin, Italy.

2011-2015. Post-doc Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for medical research, Heidelberg (Germany). PI: Prof. Rolf Sprengel

2006-2011.PhD student, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental and Clinic Therapy, University of Turin, Italy. PI: Prof. Carola Eva

Scientific interests
Neuropeptide Y (NPY) modulation of different behaviors via limbic Y1 receptor (Npy1r).Long-lasting impact of early-life stress on the brain limbic system, leading to vulnerability to psychological disorders in adulthood. Experience-dependent formation of a specialized extracellular matrix on neurons, named “perineuronal net” (PNN). Role of plasticity modulators in influencing neuronal communication within specific networks and, in turn, behavior. Systems plasticity in learning and memory.

Role in research
Lead responsible of research on Neuropsychopharmacology as abehavioral neuroscientist.





NPY-Y1 receptor signaling controls spatial learning and perineuronal net expression

Neuropharmacology , December 2020

Ilaria Bertocchi, Paolo Mele, Giuliano Ferrero, Alessandra Oberto, Daniela Carulli, Carola Eva

26 January 2021

Sex differences in behavioral and metabolic effects of gene inactivation: The neuropeptide Y and Y receptors in the brain

Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews , December 2020

Eva C, Oberto A, Longo, Palanza, Bertocchi I

12 January 2021

Conditional inactivation of Npy1r gene in mice induces sex-related differences of metabolic and behavioral functions

Hormones and Behavior , September 2020

Ilaria Bertocchi, Alessandra Oberto, Angela Longo, Paola Palanza, Carola Eva

16 September 2020
9 June 2019