Simona Lodato, Ph.D.
Simona Lodato received her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Naples “Federico II” in Italy in 2006. During her doctoral studies, she investigated the molecular mechanisms that control the generation of inhibitory interneuron subtypes during the development of the cerebral cortex, under the supervision of Michèle Studer at the Telethon Institute of Genetics and Medicine. She was awarded her Ph.D. from the European School of Molecular Medicine in 2011. As a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Paola Arlotta in the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology at Harvard University, she unveiled fundamental aspects of the molecular logic behind the acquisition of subtype specific projection neuron (PN) identity. She also discovered that the subtype-specific PN identity impacts the behavior of cortical INs, controlling the development of functional networks in the cerebral cortex.
She will start her own laboratory as an Assistant Professor in early 2017.