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Simona Francia

Post Doc
Neuroscience and Smart Materials
Research center

2019-Present: Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Center for Synaptic Neuroscience (NSYN), Italian Institute of Techonology (IIT) Genova (Italy). 2018-2019: Post-Doc at Veneto Institute of Molecular Medicine (VIMM). 2015-2018: PhD in Biomedical Science at University of Padua-National Research Council (CNR) Padua. 2014-2015: Research Fellowship holder at Veneto Institute of Molecular Medicine (VIMM)- National Research Council (CNR) Padua. 2013-2014: Research fellowship holder at Vetsuisse-Faculty, Department of Veterinary Physiology, University of Zurich (Zurich).2011-2013: Research Fellowship holder at Department of Neuroscience, University of Parma-Italian Institute of Techonology (IIT). 2008-2011: DSc degree in Molecular and Industrial Biotechnology at University of Bologna. 2004-2008: Bachelor Degree in Biotechnology at University of Parma.


Title: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Institute: University of Padua
Location: Padua
Country: Italy
From: 2015 To: 2018

Title: Master degree in Molecular and Industrial Biotechnology
Institute: University of Bologna
Location: Bologna
Country: Italy
From: 2008 To: 2011

Title: BCs in Biotechnology
Institute: University of Parma
Location: Parma
Country: Italy
From: 2004 To: 2008


Description: FELASA Category B course on "Introductory Course in Laboratory Animal Science"
Date: 03-02-2014

Experience External

Title: PhD student-CNR fellowship holder
Institute: Venetian Institute of Molecular Medicine- National Research Council (CNR)
Location: Padua
Country: Italy
From: 2014 To: 2019

Title: Fellowship holder
Institute: University of Zurich
Location: University of Zurich-Tierspital
Country: Switzerland
From: 2013 To: 2014

Title: Fellowship holder-"assegno di ricerca"
Institute: University of Parma
Location: University of Parma-Department of Neuroscience
Country: Italy
From: 2011 To: 2013


Molecular biology techniques: DNA, RNA and protein extraction from cells and tissues; PCR, RT-PCR, Real Time PCR, degenerate primer design and RNA probes; Molecular cloning (Mini/maxi preparation) and NGS sequencing; Gel electrophoresis and Western Blotting; Immunoprecipitation of protein (IP) and Chromatin-Immunoprecipitation (ChIP); Luciferase assay; Immunofluorescence, immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridization on cells and on brain tissue sections; Proteins and nucleic acids database research tools and phylogenetic analysis of DNA sequences; Cellular biology techniques: Cell line cultures and transfection with: 1. RNA oligonucleotides (miRNA, antago-miRNA, siRNA); 2. Genetically encoded Ca2+ and cAMP sensors; 3. Fluorescent sensors for genetic expression of CRE activity; Primary cell cultures of olfactory sensory neurons, astrocytes, pericytes and brain endothelial cells; Transfection of primary culture with: 1. viral vectors (lentivirus or adenovirus) coding GFP and CRE-recombinase; 2. Genetically encoded cAMP and Ca2+ sensors; 3. Fluorescent sensors for genetic expression or CRE activity. In vivo techniques: Stereotaxic injections of viral vectors (adenovirus, lentivirus) expressing GFP/RFP and CRE recombinase or other constructs in transgenic/ mutant conditional mice model of mental retardation, autism and Parkinson's disease. Development and characterization of genetically encode cAMP and Ca2+sensors, and fluorescent sensors for CRE activity or for genetic expression in vitro and in vivo; Calcium imaging experiments in vitro; Confocal microscopy; Real-time imaging of turning behaviour of axons; Microsurgical techniques: craniotomy, stereotactic surgery, intracardial perfusion and intraperitoneal injections (IPs) in mice and rats; Brain dissections, organ harvesting; Cryostat and vibratome brain slices; Animal care and handling (Felasa licence-Zurich university for mice and rats); Maintenance of transgenic line of mice and rats; Behaviour in mice and rats (olfactory and light dark box test in rodents); Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) and Pupillary light reflex in rats; Electrophysiology in vivo (Visual evoked potential and visual acuity); Imaging techniques skills:

All Publications
Maset A., Galla L., Francia S., Cozzolino O., Capasso P., Goisis RC., Losi G., Lombardo A., Ratto GM., Lodovichi C.
Altered Cl− homeostasis hinders forebrain GABAergic interneuron migration in a mouse model of intellectual disability
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Article Journal
Francia S., Lodovichi C.
The role of the odorant receptors in the formation of the sensory map
BMC Biology
Review Journal
Zamparo I., Francia S., Franchi S. A., Redolfi N., Costanzi E., Kerstens A., Fukutani Y., Battistutta R., Polverino De Laureto P., Munck S., De Strooper B., Matsunami H., Lodovichi C.
Axonal odorant receptors mediate axon targeting
Cell Reports
Arcidiacono D., Dedja A., Giacometti C., Fassan M., Nucci D., Francia S., Fabris F., Zaramella A., Gallagher E.J., Cassaro M., Rugge M., LeRoith D., Alberti A., Realdon S.
Hyperinsulinemia promotes esophageal cancer development in a surgically-induced duodeno-esophageal reflux murine model
International Journal of Molecular Sciences, vol. 19, (no. 4)
Francia S., Silvotti L., Ghirardi F., Catzeflis F., Percudani R., Tirindelli R.
Evolution of spatially coexpressed families of type-2 vomeronasal receptors in rodents
Genome Biology and Evolution, vol. 7, (no. 1), pp. 272-285