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Barbara Pavan

Affiliated Researcher
Affiliated researcher

Research Line

Multiscale Brain Communication


CTNSC@UniFe Ferrara


University of Ferrara, via luigi Borsari, 46 44121 Ferrara
+39 0532 455476


  • Master's Degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Ferrara (Italy). Title of dissertation: "Biochemical and pharmacological characterization of A1 receptors in rat brain: a molecular model of their mechanism" Supervisor Prof. Pier Andrea Borea. Title obtained on July 14, 1992.
  • PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Padua (Italy) with a National Selection Committee. Title of the dissertation: "Cholinergic transmission in guinea pig cervical superior ganglion: modulation by adenosine agonists and G protein activators" Supervisor Prof. Pier Giorgio Borasio Title obtained on November 06, 1996.
  • Diploma for the professional qualification of biologist, obtained on 12/15/1993 at the University of Ferrara (Italy).
  • Scholarship holder of the School of improvement in the activity research abroad at the Leiden/Amsterdam Center for Drug Research (LACDR) of Leiden (The Netherlands) from 01/10/1996 to 01/10/1997. Under the supervision of Prof. Adrian P Ijzerman a pharmacokinetic study for the development of drugs active on adenosine receptors for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases was carried out.
  • Post Doc Fellowship from 10/1/1997 to 10/31/1999 in General Physiology at the Department of Biology of the University of Ferrara (Italy).
  • Research technician from 02/1/2000 to 03/31/2019 in General Physiology at the Department of Life Sciences and Biotechnology of the University of Ferrara (Italy).
  • Eligibility to be appointed as Associate Professor for Applied Biology (05/F1) from 01/22/2014 to 01/22/2023.
  • Junior researcher (letter a) in Physiology (05/D1) at the Department of Biomedical and Specialist Surgical Sciences of the University of Ferrara (Italy) from 04/1/2019 to 03/31/2022.


Cell physiology biomimetic neural prosthesis neuronal cell polarization and assonal transport epithelial cell polarization and membrane transport



  • Development of biohybrid neural devices using cells isolated from human brain surgical specimens
  • Microfluidic culture platform of human brain neurons for assonal transport of photoactivated nanostructures


2014 - 2020 - Italian National Scientific Habilitation (ASN 2012). Associate Professor habilitation in Applied Biology (05/F1)

2009 to 2016 - Merit-based eight selections as top-performer for research technician, Dept. of Life Sciences and Biotecnology, University of Ferrara

1999 - Young Investigator Award – University of Ferrara


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