I’m from Italy and in Rome, at RomaTre University I got my bachelor’s and master’s degree. I finished my master’s degree in Biology in September 2013. After that I did a two-month internship in a neuroscience lab where I could apply my knowledge of cellular and molecular biology to the neuroscience field. The focus of my InSens project is functional analysis of SCZ risk genes arising from genetic analyses (GWAS, CNVs) or familiar SCZ studies (DISC1). Many of these genes have not yet been characterized with respect to their role in SCZ. I’m going to analyze these genes using knockdown or overexpression in primary neuronal cell models in vitro and will then assess their function in neuronal growth, development, synapse formation and maintenance. Using high-content microscopy I will collect multi-parametric functional data on several aspects of neuronal development and function and apply multivariate data analysis to uncover potential gene functions. I will closely collaborate with others InSens PhDs in order to also uncover molecular (proteomics) and behavioral consequences of manipulating the expression of SCZ risk genes.