University Profiles


Fortunato Battaglia, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Interprofessional Health Sciences and Health Administration


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

Academic Distinctions

  • 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



Office Phone
(973) 761-9605


Office Location
Room 34
Alfieri Hall


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