Manuela Marescotti

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

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Postdoctoral Researcher
Organisation 1
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