DR. Isabella Russo is a neurobiologist with special interests for the neuroinflammatory process associated with neurodegeneration. In 2007 she received her Bachelor's degree in Biology at the University of Bari and, in 2011, a PhD in Molecular Genetics Applied to Biomedical Sciences at the University of Brescia where she studied the effects of neuroinflammation and excitotoxicity on neuronal functions. Since 2012 she has been a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Padova here she investigated microglia-related neuroinflammation in LRRK2-linked Parkinsonís disease models. During her PhD and post-doctoral activities, she also trained in world-leading laboratories in the field of Parkinsonís disease and neuroinflammation at the National Institute of Health (Bethesda, USA). From September 2017, she has been appointed as Assistant Professor in Biology at the Department of Molecular and Translational Medicine, University of Brescia, granted by the CARIPLO Foundation - Young researcher career award. She is author of several publications in peer-reviewed international journals, and invited or selected speaker of several oral presentations in national and international conferences. She also serves as invited reviewer of international scientific journals in the fields of neuroscience.
Dr. Isabella Russoís research is focused on the study of inflammatory processes associated with neuronal dysfunctions and degeneration in Parkinsonís disease, with a special interest in LRRK2-linked Parkinsonís disease. A major goal is to understand the physiological and pathological mechanisms of LRRK2 in glial cells activation and their impact on neuronal activities. To accomplish this goal, she employs a broad repertoire of techniques spanning protein biochemistry, molecular and cell biology, immunocytochemistry and systems through the generation of cell cultures and disease-like animal models.