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fasano giuliaPhD Student UniSannio
Section BEOM

Tel. +39 081 5833277
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e-mail giulia.fasano(at)szn.it


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Research interests

My research interest is focused on studying the effects of heavy metal, in particular manganese ion metal, on one of the circuit involved in neurodegenerative diseases: the dopaminergic system.
Epidemiological and toxicological researches suggest a link between alteration of manganese (Mn) homeostasis and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer and Parkinson (PD). My studies use zebrafish embryos and larvae as model systems. Zebrafish (Danio rerio) is tropical freshwater belonging to the Cyprinidae family.
It is a powerful model in research for its numerous advantages: genome fully sequenced, rapid embryonic development, transparent eggs and many others.
Moreover, zebrafish is used in different fields such as toxicology, developmental biology, neurobiology and regenerative medicine.
For my studies, I use confocal microscopy, various molecular biology (in situ hibridization, qRT-PCR) and biochemical (Western blot) tecniques.

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