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OlivoPhD Student
Biology and Evolution of Marine Organisms Department

Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn Villa Comunale
80121 Naples - Italy

Tel.: +39 081 5833251
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Curriculum Vitae

Director of Studies: Dr. Filomena Ristoratore
External Supervisor: Dr. Alberto Stolfi
Program: Open University 2018/2019

Research Interests

The development of the central nervous system (CNS) depends on complex gene regulatory networks orchestrating the specification, patterning and differentiation of neural cell types. I would like to take advantage of the unique characteristics of a simple chordate, the ascidian Ciona robusta, to investigate the molecular mechanisms underlying cell specification within CNS, with a cellular resolution unprecedented in chordate models. Ciona is considered as a model organism for chordate developmental genomics, due to their simple embryos, rapid development and easy manipulation. The aim of my PhD project is to use CRISPR/Cas9 technologies to knock out to understand which are the networks that control neuronal specification, morphology, physiology and connectivity of the cells inside the Ciona sensory vesicle with special attention to pigment cell differentiation.


Lorenzo Tancioni, Marco Martinoli, Paola Olivo, Arnold Rakaj, Federica De Lutiis, Arianna Martini, Clara Boglione (2019). Brook chub, Squalius lucumonis (Pisces, Cyprinidae) conservation aquaculture: First attempt at artificial reproduction and larval rearing. Aquaculture journal 499 : 178-184

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