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Annyesha Mohanty


Former colleague


NSYN@Unige Genova


Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT)



Center For Biological Signaling Studies (BIOSS), University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany (05/2010 – 08/2011)  

Pre-doctoral research fellow. The aim of the project is to study the role of ephrins and Eph receptors in the migration of the lateral line Zebrafish.

Graduate School of Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience, University of Tübingen, Germany (10/2008 – 04/2010)

Master of Science in Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience

Jacobs University Bremen, Germany (08/2005 – 06/2008)

Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Cell Biology

BJB Junior College, Bhubaneswar, India (07/2003 – 06/2005)

Passed Higher Secondary (Science) 2005

Stewart School, Bhubaneswar, India (04/1995 – 06/2003)

Passed ICSE (Indian Certificate of Secondary Education)



Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), Genova, Italy ( 07/2012 – 12/2012 ) 

Supervisor: Dr. Fabrizia Cesca

Project Title: Pre-Synaptic Targeting of Optogenetic Probes.

The aim of this study is to develop and functionally characterize an optogenetic tool kit targeted specifically to the pre-synaptic region. 

Interfaculty Institute of Biochemistry,Tübingen, Germany (08/2009 – 04/2010)

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Robert Feil

Project Title: Evaluation of FRET-based cGMP sensors.

The aim of the project was to validate a new cGMP biosensor for visualization of cGMP signals in live cells.

Natural and Medical Sciences Institute, Reutlingen, Germany (01/2009 – 04/2009)

Supervisor: Dr. Hans-Jürgen Volkmer, Department of Molecular Neurobiology

Project Title: Clustering of Inhibitory Postsynaptic Components - GABAA Receptor

The aim of the project was to investigate the assembly of the GABAA Receptor and the role of Gephyrin, a clustering protein, in the clustering of the GABAA Receptors.

Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen, Germany (01/2008 – 02/2008)

Supervisor: Dr. Antje Boetius, Head of Habitat Group

Project Title: Assessment of Diversity and Community Structure of Sulphate Reducing Bacteria.

The aim of the project was to optimize the use of a primer set to create clone libraries for samples collected from Gulf of Mexico.

Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Jacobs University Bremen, Germany (10/2007 – 12/2007)

Supervisor: Dr. Matthias Ullrich, Professor of Microbiology

Project Title: Interaction of the Phytoplankton, Thallasiosira weissflogii, with freeliving marine bacteria.

The project was designed to check the interaction of Phytoplankton/Diatom with free-living marine bacteria as well as the individual bacterial interactions.

Department of Proteomics and Biomarkers, Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Munich, Germany (06/2007 – 08/2007)

Associated as an Intern and worked on a project of cloning and over-expressing the Cytoplasmic domain and SNPs of a membrane protein in mammalian cells. The methods used in this project included PCR, Agarose Gel Electrophoresis, Cloning, Plasmid Isolation, Transfection, Cell Lysis, SDS PAGE & Western Blotting.


Investigating the molecular mechanisms underlying neuronal excitability, especially the processes that drive and modulate the formation of complex circuits in the brain.


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I numeri di IIT

L’Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) è una fondazione di diritto privato - cfr. determinazione Corte dei Conti 23/2015 “IIT è una fondazione da inquadrare fra gli organismi di diritto pubblico con la scelta di un modello di organizzazione di diritto privato per rispondere all’esigenza di assicurare procedure più snelle nella selezione non solo nell’ambito nazionale dei collaboratori, scienziati e ricercatori ”.

IIT è sotto la vigilanza del Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca e del Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze ed è stato istituito con la Legge 326/2003. La Fondazione ha l'obiettivo di promuovere l'eccellenza nella ricerca di base e in quella applicata e di favorire lo sviluppo del sistema economico nazionale. La costruzione dei laboratori iniziata nel 2006 si è conclusa nel 2009.

Lo staff complessivo di IIT conta circa 1440 persone. L’area scientifica è rappresentata da circa l’85% del personale. Il 45% dei ricercatori proviene dall’estero: di questi, il 29% è costituito da stranieri provenienti da oltre 50 Paesi e il 16% da italiani rientrati. Oggi il personale scientifico è composto da circa 60 principal investigators, circa 110 ricercatori e tecnologi di staff, circa 350 post doc, circa 500 studenti di dottorato e borsisti, circa 130 tecnici. Oltre 330 posti su 1400 creati su fondi esterni. Età media 34 anni. 41% donne / 59 % uomini.

Nel 2015 IIT ha ricevuto finanziamenti pubblici per circa 96 milioni di euro (80% del budget), conseguendo fondi esterni per 22 milioni di euro (20% budget) provenienti da 18 progetti europei17 finanziamenti da istituzioni nazionali e internazionali, circa 60 progetti industriali

La produzione di IIT ad oggi vanta circa 6990 pubblicazioni, oltre 130 finanziamenti Europei e 11 ERC, più di 350 domande di brevetto attive, oltre 12 start up costituite e altrettante in fase di lancio. Dal 2009 l’attività scientifica è stata ulteriormente rafforzata con la creazione di dieci centri di ricerca nel territorio nazionale (a Torino, Milano, Trento, Parma, Roma, Pisa, Napoli, Lecce, Ferrara) e internazionale (MIT ed Harvard negli USA) che, unitamente al Laboratorio Centrale di Genova, sviluppano i programmi di ricerca del piano scientifico 2015-2017.

IIT: the numbers

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) is a public research institute that adopts the organizational model of a private law foundation. IIT is overseen by Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca and Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze (the Italian Ministries of Education, Economy and Finance).  The Institute was set up according to Italian law 326/2003 with the objective of promoting excellence in basic and applied research andfostering Italy’s economic development. Construction of the Laboratories started in 2006 and finished in 2009.

IIT has an overall staff of about 1,440 people. The scientific staff covers about 85% of the total. Out of 45% of researchers coming from abroad 29% are foreigners coming from more than 50 countries and 16% are returned Italians. The scientific staff currently consists of approximately 60 Principal Investigators110 researchers and technologists350 post-docs and 500 PhD students and grant holders and 130 technicians. External funding has allowed the creation of more than 330 positions . The average age is 34 and the gender balance proportion  is 41% female against 59% male.

In 2015 IIT received 96 million euros in public funding (accounting for 80% of its budget) and obtained 22 million euros in external funding (accounting for 20% of its budget). External funding comes from 18 European Projects, other 17 national and international competitive projects and approximately 60 industrial projects.

So far IIT accounts for: about 6990 publications, more than 130 European grants and 11 ERC grants, more than 350 patents or patent applications12 up start-ups and as many  which are about to be launched. The Institute’s scientific activity has been further strengthened since 2009 with the establishment of 11 research nodes throughout Italy (Torino, Milano, Trento, Parma, Roma, Pisa, Napoli, Lecce, Ferrara) and abroad (MIT and Harvard University, USA), which, along with the Genoa-based Central Lab, implement the research programs included in the 2015-2017 Strategic Plan.