I come from Italy. I finished my master degree in Neuroscience in February 2013 (with honors) at San Raffaele University in Milan. During my formation I have been working on mice behavioral tests and several molecular biology techniques that allowed me to gain experience and skills in the preclinical research field. As being a part of the IN-SENS training network, in my project I aim to dissect the role of two genes: Disrupted in schizophrenia-1 (DISC1) and Neuregulin 3 (NRG3), found implicated in SCZ, ADHD and depression, at the molecular, cellular and behavioral level, using transgenic animals, expression constructs and pharmacological tools to deplete and overexpress these genes, as well as to stimulate their pathways. I will take the advantage of working in a company with close collaboration to academia to investigate the behavioral endophenotypes (e.g., impulsivity, attention, working memory) found impaired in the associated psychiatric illnesses through observation of the animals in novel automated home-cages. At the molecular level, I aim to identify specific proteins that are deregulated in the DISC1 and NRG3 pathways and that contribute to the behavioral signature. At the cellular level, I aim to dissect the role of the Parvalbumin-positive interneurons (PV) in cognitive and social behavior using neuron-specific expression of designer receptors (DREADDs), allowing me to normalize the affected behavioral phenotypes of transgenic animals.