Roundtable discussions

Roundtable discussions of ESCBC 2022

Gabriele Chelini, Ph.D.

During his Ph.D. Gabriele Chelini joined an international Ph.D. program in Neuroscience, organized upon combined efforts from the Universities of Florence, Pisa and Siena and funded by governmental institution “Regione Toscana”. During his studies, he worked with mouse models of neurodevelopment disorders and used both ex- and in-vivo electrophysiology. He then joined the Hensch-Fagiolini lab (Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical school) for an 8 monthly internship to assess the effectiveness of NMDA-receptors targeting compounds as potential therapeutic drugs for Rett syndrome. After obtaining his Ph.D., Gabriele joined Dr. Berretta’s lab, where he worked for 4 years before moving to the University of Mississippi Medical Center for a brief training experience. Finally, in 2021, Chelini moved back to Italy, where he joined prof. Yuri Bozzi at the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (University of Trento), where he is currently investigating the role of the somatosensory alteration as an endo-phenotype of neurodevelopmental disorders and early-life stress in the pathophysiology of autism spectrum disorders.

Claire France Nicolle Dumenil, Ph.D.

Claire France Nicolle Dumenil is a postdoc researcher at the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC), University of Trento, studying the processes underlying the detection of odours in insects. Her focus is on agricultural pest insects with the aim to help develop sustainable and friendly pest management techniques. She got her Ph.D. in Chemical ecology from Cardiff University in the UK where she worked in collaboration with Rothamsted Research. She studied how the agricultural pest insect drosophila suzukii detected fruit odours by recording neural and behavioural responses to attractive fruit odorant compounds. She got her master’s degree from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, where she started studying the chemical ecology of the tobacco moth, Drosophila flies, and the Malaria vector mosquito.