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Monica is a behavioural neuroscientist interested in understanding the role of GPCR functions in the brain, focusing in particular on cognition and motivation. She has >10 years experience with rodent behaviour applied to psychiatric and neurodegenerative diseases. She has received a Master’s degree in Neuropsychobiology from the university of Cagliari (Italy) and a PhD in Pharmacy from the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main (Germany).


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Pharmacy, PhD, Behavior analysis on a mouse model of CLN3 disease, classical juvenile, and potential therapeutic approaches, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main (Goethe University Frankfurt)

Jan 2011Dec 2015

Neuropsychobiology, Master of Science, Alteration of social behaviour and memory induced by neonatal administration of estradiol in adult female rats, Università degli Studi di Cagliari (University of Cagliari)

Dec 2008Jul 2010

Experimental Biology, Bachelor of Science, Application of binding assay for the identification and characterization of NMDA receptors in Hydra vulgaris, Università degli Studi di Cagliari (University of Cagliari)


External positions

Honorary research fellow, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health (FINMH) (Victoria)

Oct 2016Dec 2018

Research Assistant, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main (Goethe University Frankfurt)

Jul 2015Dec 2015

Research area keywords

  • Neurobiology
  • Cognition (Neurobiology of learning, memory, and mind)
  • Pharmacology
  • Psychiatric Disorder
  • neurodegenerative disorders

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