Susanna Rosi, PhD
Associate Professor, Director of Neurocognitive Research, Brain and Spinal Injury Center, BASIC
My laboratory is located in the Brain and Spinal Injury Center (BASIC) at UCSF, and our research is focused on understanding how innate immune system activation and macrophages polarization affect information processing and cognition from a cellular and network perspective by using different animal models of brain injury. To examine the above effects, my laboratory employs three principle animal models: traumatic brain injury, therapeutic cranial γ-irradiation, and ionizing space radiation. Our ultimate goal is to understand the mechanisms responsible for the cognitive dysfunction observed after brain injury to identify diagnostic tools for treatment and prevention. Our published results demonstrate that neuroinflammation alters the coupling of neuronal activity with the transcription of genes that are implicated in long-term memory and synaptic plasticity (Rosi et al., Journal of Neuroscience, 2005). By modulating different aspects of neuroinflammation we reported that it is possible to restore synaptic plasticity and cognitive functions in different animal models of chronic neuroinflammatory conditions (Rosi et al., Brain 2009; Belarbi et al., Journal of Neuroinflammation, 2012; Twediee et al.; Journal of Neuroinflammation, 2012; Belarbi et al., Journal of Neuroinflammation, 2012; Belarbi et al., Cancer Research, 2013). More recently, we reported that peripheral monocytes infiltrate the brain after traumatic brain injury and drive the inflammatory response to TBI. Most importantly, targeting monocytes infiltration it is possible to modify macrophages polarization and prevent long-term loss of synaptic and cognitive function after injury (Morganti et al., Journal of Neuroscience, 2015).
University of Florence, Italy, B.S., 06/1995, Science
University of Florence, Italy, Ph.D., 06/2000, Biological Sciences
University of Florence, Italy, Postdoctoral, 2000-2001, Pharmacology
University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, Postdoctoral Research Associate , 2002-2006, Psychology