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Group leader:  Carola Eva

alessandra oberto

Alessandra Oberto

Assistant professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology


Tel    +39 011 670 6608
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Curriculum Vitae

Born in Alba on 24.10.1967. Italian.

July 1991: Graduation, Summa Cum Laude, from University of Turin, Faculty of Natural and Biological Sciences. Thesis title: “Nerve growth factor modulates the expression of muscarinic cholinergic receptor messenger RNA in telencephalic neuronal cultures from newborn rat brain”

1991: Guest Researcher from August 19th to November 2nd in the Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Biology, NIH Bethesda. Engaged in Dr. Sandra Eva research project involving the bacterial expression and purification of the product of the dbl oncogene.

November 1992-november 1996: PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology, under the supervision of Dr. Carola Eva. Institute of Pharmacology, Medical School, University of Turin. Thesis title: “Functional characterization of the promoter of the Y1 receptor mouse gene for neuropeptyde Y”.

1993-1994: Visiting Fellow FGIN, Georgetown University, Medical School, from March '93 to September '94, analyzing the gene promoter of a 18 Kd protein associated with the Mitochondrial Benzodiazepine Receptor complex in Dr. Karl Kruger lab.

1994-1996: Visiting Fellow at Nathan S. Kline Institute (NYU) Center for Neuropharmacology, from September '94 to March '96. Studying the mechanism of Pb2+ neurotoxicity and its relationship to apoptotic neuronal death, under the direct supervision of Dr.  Alessandro Guidotti.

1999: Postdoctoral Fellowship. "Marie Curie Research Training Grant", Biotechnology program. Laboratory of Molecular Biology (supervisor Dr William Wisden) MRC, Medical Research Council, Dep. Neurobiology, Cambridge. Research projects: 1) in situ hybridization analysis of the expression of Y1 receptor mRNA in mice after anxiolytic and anxiogenic drug treatments. 2) Molecular biology techniques for making knock out mice using homologous recombination in Embryonic Stem cells.

2001-2003: Guest worker, Max-Planck–Institute, Heidelberg. Laboratory of Molecular Neurobiology of Dr Rolf Sprengel. Research projects: 1) generation of conditional Y1R knock out transgenic mice using the doxicyclin regulated tet off system. 2) generation of Y1RVenus/Y5RtTA transgenic mice.

From March 2001: Aassistant professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Department of Anatomy Pharmacology, and Forensic Medicine, Medical School, University of Turin doing her research activity in Professor Carola Eva lab.

From 2010 the laboratory has move to the NICO: Neuroscience Institute Cavalieri-Ottolenghi, Cavalieri-Ottolenghi Foundation, Orbassano.

From 2012 affiliated to Department of Neuroscience

Dottorato di ricerca (PhD at the University of Turin,1996);
Post-doctoral scholarship (University of Turin, 1998).
Postdoctoral Fellowship. "Marie Curie Research Training Grant" 1999

Membership of scientific societies:
American Society for Neuroscience

Membership in research centers:
Neuroscience Institute Cavalieri Ottolenghi (NICO, Orbassano, Turin)
NIT, Centro Interdipartimentale di Studi Avanzati in Neuroscienze