EDUCATION & RESEARCH ACTIVITY
Dr. Alessandro Bertoli got a degree in Physics at the University of Genova (Italy) in 1994 and a PhD in Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of Padova (Italy) in 2000. At the beginning, his scientific activity, was addressed to the electrophysiological characterization of mammalian CNS and mitochondrial ion channels ion channels. From 2000 to 2002 Dr. Bertoli had a post-doctoral at the Pharmacological Research Institute “Mario Negri” (Milano, Italy). During this period, he had the possibility to lead a research unit involved in the study of the molecular mechanisms of Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders. In 2002, he moved back to the Dept. of Biological Chemistry (presently, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences) at the University of Padova, where, starting from December 2002, he holds a position as Assistant Professor.
In recent years, Dr. Bertoli has been involved in different research projects on the prion protein (PrP) and prions, the infectious neurotoxic agents derived from PrP misfolding. Very recently, the scientific interest of Dr. Bertoli moved to the pathogenic mechanisms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, with particular emphasis to the involvement of Ca2+ de-regulation and ER and mitochondrial dysfunctions in disease onset.
Dr. Bertoli is co-author of several research articles published on peer-reviewed international journals (http://www.biomed.unipd.it/people/bertoli-alessandro/) and contributed to national and international scientific conferences. He is Review Editor for Frontiers in Neuroscience, and also served as Reviewer for different journals.