Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (Trento, Italy)
“Embryonic development and autistic-like postnatal behavior”
Prof. Yuri Bozzi is looking for a highly-motivated PhD candidate to join the Neurodevelopmental Disorder Research Group at the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC, University of Trento).
Research projects in Bozzi’s lab focus on how mutations in neural genes during embryonic brain development can impact autistic-like behaviors during postnatal life. Prof. Bozzi and colleagues extensively studied mice lacking the homeobox-containing gene Engrailed-2, showing that these mice have anatomical and molecular defects of GABAergic interneurons, leading to impaired social and cognitive behaviors (Provenzano J Neurosci. 2014 PubMed PMID 25274808; Bozzi Eur J Neurosci. 2018 PubMed PMID 28452083). Bozzi’s lab current research aims to identify the behavioural outcomes of GABAergic neuron dysfunction in several monogenic mouse models of autism.