My research focuses on synaptic plasticity in animal models and patients with neuropsychiatric diseases.
I am a neurologist who specializes in clinical neurophysiology. At Seton Hall University, I teach Neuroscience and Clinical Neurology. I am interested in exploring cortical synaptic plasticity in order to better understand the pathophysiology of neuropsychiatric diseases and develop treatments for these conditions.
I am currently conducting basic science studies in animal models of neuropsychiatric diseases using cellular, physiological and behavioral methods. Furthermore, I attempt to restore normal synaptic activity and behaviors by using non-invasive brain stimulation techniques such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and direct current stimulation (tDCS).
I am also actively engaged in clinical research in patients with major depression and dementia. My goal is to translate my basic research results into clinical applications.
- MD, University of Messina, Italy
- PhD, University of Messina, Italy
- 2007, Presidential Award, Best Basic Science Presentation American Society for Neurorehabilitation Annual Meeting
- 2008, Young Scholar Award, Alzheimer's Association
- 2009, Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation Grant