Valentina received a master’s degree in biology from the University of Insubria in Varese (Italy). During her master, she worked in collaboration with the Complutense University of Madrid to identify the cannabinoid type-2 receptor in human nigral neurons that degenerate in Parkinson’s disease.
She is a postdoc, having previously done a PhD in neurobiology. During her PhD she investigated the effect of hypercaloric and isocaloric diets different in fatty acid content on the endocannabinoid system in pregnant dams and their offspring. This PhD Project was conducted at the University of Insubria in the Neuropsychopharmacology Laboratory under the supervision of Prof. Daniela Parolaro and at the Center for Brain Research, Medical University of Vienna, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Tibor Harkany.
As a postdoctoral fellow in the Harkany lab, Valentina is focused on the expression of a multi-domain protein during brain development. Given the role of this small modular protein in a wide range of cellular processes, she is studying the effect on cellular growth of its interaction with several target such as members of the S100 family and components of an ubiquitin ligase complex.