Cristina Limatola Director


The Director of the Center is identified by the Directors of the constituent Departments. 

Prof. Cristina Limatola, full Professor of Physiology, is the current Director of the Center.

CV: degree in Biological Sciences, 1989; PhD in Biotechnology 1994; visiting PhD student at the Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam (1992-1993); 1993-1996: AIRC (Italian Association for Cancer Research) grant; 1996-1998: post-Doc at the Biophysics Laboratory of the "Regina Elena" Cancer Research Center, Rome; 1998-2004 Researcher at the Biophysics Laboratory of the University of Rome "Sapienza". 2004-2007 Associate Professor in Human Physiology and since 2007- Full Professor at the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology of the University of Rome "La Sapienza". Since 2007- Director of the Laboratory of Neuroimmunology of the Unit of Cellular and Molecular Neurophysiology of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology of the University La Sapienza. 2009- Director of the School of Specialization in Sports Medicine and Exercise at Sapienza University. Since 2014- Member of the Scientific Direction of the Pasteur Institute of Rome, Cenci Bolognetti Foundation. 2014-2020 Director of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology; 2016- Member of the advisory board of the Ministry of Health for the welfare of animals used for scientific purposes; 2017- senior fellow of the Sapienza School of Advanced Studies, Life Sciences class; 2020-2022 Pro-Rector for Sport and Wellness of La Sapienza University; 2020- Director of the Center for Research and Services Preclinical Experimentation and Animal Welfare.

Main research interests: 1) neuroprotective activity of chemokines; 2) role of potassium channels in the modulation of the brain microenvironment in glioma; 3) modulation of myeloid cells in glioma: effect of environmental stimuli; 4) role of microglia and innate immunity in ALS; 5) gut-brain communication; 6) microglia regulation of sleep.

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