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B.A., Biology, University of Pisa, 1996
Ph.D., Biology, University of Pisa, 2001

Current Positions

Professor, Department of Molecular Medicine, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA
Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA
Director of the TSRI NIAAA-T32 Neuropsychopharmacology: Multidisciplinary Training

Awards & Professional Activities

Presidential Award

2009-Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), given by the National Science and Technology Council. The PECASE award is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers. The PECASE award is intended to recognize scientists and engineers who show exceptional potential for leadership and service at the frontiers of scientific knowledge. The awards are conferred annually at the White House by the President. In 2009, 12 persons were selected for the PECASE award from the NIH.

  • Young Investigator Award from the Research Society on Alcoholism 2005: Plenary Lecture at the18th Annual, Baltimore 2006.
  • Researcher at The Pearson Center for Alcoholism and Addiction Research.
  • Faculty Member, The Harold L. Dorris Neurological Research Institute (2005-2010)
  • Young Investigator Symposium Award from the European Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism (ESBRA) 2007.
  • Member of the Fundraising Committee for RSA (2007-2016).
  • Member of the RSA Research Priorities Committee (2008-2010).
  • Member of the Education Committee, International Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism (2014-present).
  • Liaison Committee, International Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism (2014-present).
  • Knight of the “Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy” (2011)
  • 6th Edition of the International Prize “Genoa: a woman standing out from the crowd” (2013)
  • The Jacob P. Waletzky Award for Outstanding Research in Addiction from the Society for Neuroscience (2016)
  • Organizer of the First (2008), Second (2011), Third (2014) and Fourth (2017) International Meeting "Alcoholism and Stress: A Framework for Future Treatment Strategies", Volterra (Pisa), Italy.



Research Focus

Lab Members

Selected References




Volterra Conference

INIA Neuroimmune