Principal Investigator

MRC-Career Development Fellow

I joined the University of Leeds in August 2016 to work on insulin signalling in the brain. My laboratory studies how insulin in a specific area of the brain called the dorsal vagal complex modulates glucose metabolism and feeding behaviour in normal, obese and diabetic rodent models. 
Before moving to Leeds, I trained at the Toronto General Research Institute, Toronto, Canada under the supervision of Professor Tony Lam where I learned about metabolism and how the brain keeps whole-body energy homeostasis. Before Toronto, I spent 3 years in the MRC-Protein Phosphorylation Unit, Dundee, UK, under the supervision of Professor Dario Alessi. In Dundee, I become an expert in dissecting signalling pathway at the molecular level. I did my PhD in Italy at the Consorzio Mario Negri Sud under the supervision of Dr Daniela Corda and with Professor Victoria Allan (Manchester ) as the second supervisor. 
From April 2017 until March 2019 I was funded by a Marie Curie individual fellowship.
Since April 2019 I am funded by a Career Development Fellowship (CDA) from the Medical Research Council (MRC).


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