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Andrea Barberis

Senior Researcher Tenured - Principal Investigator
Synaptic Plasticity of Inhibitory Networks
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Andrea Barberis graduated in Biology at the University of Genoa in 1996, studying the permeation of heavy metal ions in L-type calcium channels in cerebellar granule cells in Cesare Usai's Lab (CNR). From 1998 to 2002 he accomplished his PhD studies at the Department of Biophisics–SISSA International School for Advanced Studies- under the supervision of Enrico Cherubini and Jerzy Mozrzymas studying the gating of recombinant and synaptic GABAA receptors. During his post-doc in the Stefano Vicini’s lab at Gergetown University (Washington DC, USA, 2003-2005) he studied the gating properties of different GABAA subtypes by analyzing their single channel behavior in equilibrium and non-equilibrium conditions. From 2005 to 2007 he had a CNRS post-doc in the Christophe Mulle’s lab (Bordeaux, France) studying the kinetics of kainate receptors. Currently, he is group leader at Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) where he focuses on the study of Glutamatergic and GABAergic synapse at high spatial and temporal resolution. His research line aims to understand how the interplay between excitatory and inhibitory synaptic plasticity impacts on the functioning of  neuronal circuits. 

All Publications
Suarato G., Pressi S., Menna E., Ruben M., Petrini E.M., Barberis A., Miele D., Sandri G., Salerno M., Schirato A., Alabastri A., Athanassiou A., Proietti Zaccaria R., Papadopoulou E.L.
Modified Carbon Nanotubes Favor Fibroblast Growth by Tuning the Cell Membrane Potential
ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, vol. 16, (no. 3), pp. 3093-3105
El Merhie A., Salis B., Ravasenga T., Tramontano C., Avugadda S.K., Pugliese G., Barberis A., Pellegrino T., Dante S.
Action Potentials as a Mean to Trigger the Specific Interaction of Negatively Charged Nanoparticles with Electrically Excitable Cells
ACS Applied Nano Materials
Review Journal
Fernandez Cabada T., Ruben M., El Merhie A., Proietti Zaccaria R., Alabastri A., Petrini E.M., Barberis A., Salerno M., Crepaldi M., Davis A., Ceseracciu L., Catelani T., Athanassiou A., Pellegrino T., Cingolani R., Papadopoulou E.L.
Electrostatic polarization fields trigger glioblastoma stem cell differentiation
Nanoscale Horizons, vol. 8, (no. 1), pp. 95-107
Ravasenga T., Ruben M., Regio V., Polenghi A., Petrini E.M., Barberis A.
Spatial regulation of coordinated excitatory and inhibitory synaptic plasticity at dendritic synapses
Cell Reports, vol. 38, (no. 6)
Rossetta A., Slenders E., Donato M., Zappone S., Fersini F., Bruno M., Diotalevi F., Lanzano L., Koho S., Tortarolo G., Barberis A., Crepaldi M., Perego E., Vicidomini G.
The BrightEyes-TTM as an open-source time-tagging module for democratising single-photon microscopy
Nature Communications, vol. 13, (no. 1)