- Vivi Padova
- Il Bo
1990: Degree in Biological Sciences, University of Padova (Italy)
1991-1994: Graduate Fellow, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, University of Padova (Italy)
1995-1998: PhD in “Sperimental Physiophatology” at the University of Pavia (Italy)
1998-2001: E.U. fellowship on laboratory of Prof. M.C. Sorgato, Dept. of Biological Chemistry, University of Padova (Italy)
2002-present: Research Fellow, Neuroscience Institute of Italian Research Council (CNR)
The initial research projects of Dr. Massimino focused on growth, maintenance and differentiation of primary cell cultures of different type (lymphocytes, macrophages, bone marrow stem cell, muscle cells). Her efforts than concentrated on skeletal muscle regeneration with particular regard to satellite cell activation and apoptosis. At this purpose she co-cultured satellite cells and activated macrophages in an in vitro experimental model of muscle regeneration. Her interests then shifted to transfection studies on skeletal muscle cell either in vitro or in vivo.
During last years Dr. Massimino has been involved in research projects concerning neurodegenerative disorders in particular physiopathology of the prion protein (PrP) in the neuronal cell culture (primary astrocytes, neurons and myocytes) and in vivo models (wild type and transgenic-PrP mice).