- Vivi Padova
- Il Bo
2012–present VIMM group leader
2011–present Researcher at the Department of Biosciences, University of Padua, Italy
2008–2011 Postdoc at the VIMM, Padova, Italy
2005-2008 Ph.D. in Neurobiology, University of Padua, Italy
1997–2004 Degree in Applied Physics, University of Groningen, Netherlands
Field of interest: Adult skeletal muscle is an extremely plastic tissue, rapidly modifying its size and function responding to changes in demands. In the lab we are focusing our attention on the intracellular signaling pathways regulating increases in both mass and function of adult skeletal muscle. Considering the significant problems which arise during aging, disuse and numerous other pathologies leading to muscle atrophy and weakness, together with the well-established beneficial effect of exercise, it is of fundamental importance to understand which pathways regulate muscle growth and how these can be linked to exercise.
Ongoing activities: We have currently three lines of research in the lab:
We are using a wide range of physiological and molecular biological tools to address these questions in-vivo; electroporation, in-vivo and ex-vivo force measurements, various muscle-specific transgenic animals, basic molecular biology, ChIP-seq. Many national and international colaborators provide the expertise and technical support for specific parts of the projects.
Progetto del Ateneo