MD (1983), specialist in Endocrinology (1986), research fellow in: Neurochemistry (Luigi F. Agnati), UNIMO (1981-89); Cellular and molecular neurochemistry (Kjell Fuxe), Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden (1984). Molecular neurobiology (Jean-Pierre Changeux), Institut Pasteur, Paris, France (1989-93, 1995-98). Associate professor, Collége de France, Paris, France (1993-94). Invited Professor, Ecole Normale Superieure of Lyon, France (2006-07).
Associate professor (1999-2003) and full professor (2004-present) in Physiology, Dept of Biomedical, Metabolic and Neural Sciences BMN), UNIMORE. Directorof the PhD programme in Neuroscience, UNIMORE (2007-present). Director of the Center for Neuroscience and Neurotechnology, UNIMORE (2016-2018). Directorof BMN, UNIMORE (2018-present).
Main research interest: 1. Pathophysiology of neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptor subtypes; 2. Neuroendocrine mechanisms of body weight regulation; 3. Epigenetic mechanisms of neuronal plasticity.
Coordinator or PI of several EU, MIUR, Italian Ministery of Health, Telethon and American Alzheimer Association projects. Author of 299 full-length papers, H score 62 (Google Scholar).