|2016-present||Postdoctoral researcher||VU University Amsterdam and UvA (University of Amsterdam), NL|
|2012-2016||PhD candidate as part Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN)||VU university medical center, Amsterdam, NL|
|2009-2011||Master of Science in Molecular and cellular biology||University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy|
|2006-2009||Bachelor of Science in Molecular and cellular biology||University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy|
Major Depressive disorder (MDD) is a common psychiatric disorder with high levels of morbidity and mortality. Recent research has revealed that alteration in astrocytes are associated with MDD pathology. In the current research we will reprogram fibroblast derived from either healthy controls or patients affected by MDD into induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and differentiate these iPSCs into astrocytes. Those cell type will be studied in order to determine the biological pathways underlying MDD pathology.