Manuela Marescotti

Using synthetic biology to engineer the Turing Pattern in mammal cells.

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Postdoctoral Researcher
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Hugh Robson Building
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15 George Square
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Edinburgh EH8 9XD

Personal profile

Early on, I developed an interest in genetics that led me to study Biotechnology at the University of Naples "Federico II". Then, I obtained a Ph.D. in neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh, specialising myself in using fruit flies to study neurodegenerations. Over the years, I had the opportunity to work on research projects both in academia and industry, with the likes of Prof. Douglas Armstrong and Prof. Jamie Davies. As I am a person that is looking always for new challenges, while carrying on my project in Davies lab, I am starting a career in academic publishing working with the great neuroscientist Prof. Tara Spires-Jones for the Brain Communications journal. 

Relevant publications

Marescotti M., Lagogiannis K., Davies W., Webb B., and Armstrong J.D. “Measuring neural activity in freely moving Drosophila larvae using bioluminescence”. Sci.  Rep. 2018 Jun 18;8(1):9246 doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-27043-7.

Michels B, Saumweber T, Biernacki R, Thum J, Glasgow RDV, Schleyer M, Chen YC, Eschbach C, Stocker RF, Toshima N, Tanimura T, Louis M, Arias-Gil G, Marescotti M, Benfenati F, Gerber B. “Pavlovian Conditioning of Larval Drosophila: An Illustrated, Multilingual, Hands-On Manual for Odor-Taste Associative Learning in Maggots”.Front Bhav Neurosci. 2017 doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2017.00045.

Forrest S., Chai A., Sanhueza M., Marescotti M., Parry K., Georgiev A., Sahota V., Mendez-Castro R. and Pennetta G. “Increased levels of phosphoinositides play a causative role in the pathogenesis of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis” Hum. Mol. Genet. first published online March 13, 2013 doi:10.1093/hmg/ddt118.


Prof. Douglas Armstrong

Prof. Jamie Davies

Prof. Tara Spires-Jones

Brain Communications journal