Valter Tucci is Senior Group Leader of the Neurobehavioural Genetics group at the Italian Institute of Technology (Genoa).
Before joining the IIT he has worked at the University of Padua and Bologna (Italy), at the Boston University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) and at the MRC Mammalian Genetics Unit in Harwell (UK). He graduated in 2000 studying the cardiovascular and emotional changes associated with sleep and cognitive states in humans. During his pre-doctoral work he investigated physiological and cognitive mechanisms associated with narcolepsy but, soon after the first study, he has obtained a CNR fellowship and he moved to Boston (USA). In Boston he joined the Anatomy and Neurobiology Department of BU and at the Clinical Research Center in MIT. In 2003 Valter Tucci returned to Europe and he was awarded an MRC Career Development Fellowship within the Neurobehavioural Genetics group in Harwell (Oxford). At this time he switched to work on mouse behavioural genetics. After two years he was promoted to the post of Investigator Scientist. In Harwell he has conducted extensive behavioural and cognitive investigations of mouse genetic models. Whilst he was studying the genetics of mouse behaviour and circadian rhythms he has developed a particular interest in epigenetics. Later, as PI in IIT, he focused on the investigation of epigenetic mechanisms of physiological and behavioural processes. Currently, his group explores a new research hypothesis that focuses on understanding the role of genomic imprinting in sleep and cognition.
During his career he has participated in several EU funded consortia in the field of mouse genetics. He served as reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals and for international funding agencies (e.g. NIH, MRC, EC). In 2013 he was Guest Editor for a special issue of the Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B. dedicated to the Neurobiology of Timing.
2001 CNR fellowship on “The study of Circadian Rhythms in around the world
Sailors (the British sailor Ellen Macarthur)”
2008 “Young Investigator” award by the President of Italy (Giorgio Napolitano)
2008 Gold Medal “Mente & Cervello” Italian edition of “Scientific American Mind”