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Francesca Bartolini, Ph.D.


I am a cell biologist with a broad knowledge in the field of tubulin biochemistry and microtubule stabilization.  My laboratory space is in the Pathology Department at Columbia University and I am actively involved in training PhD students, international master students and undergraduate students. I am a member of the Thompson Family Foundation Initiative (TFFI) with the mission to find a cure to chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy and I have affiliation and access to all common facilities in the Pathology Department, the Medical Center, the TFFI cores and the Taub Institute for Research in Alzheimer’s disease and the Aging Brain, all at Columbia University.

Julie Parato, Ph.D.

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I have a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from SUNY Downstate. My research interests include the pathogenic role of the tubulin tyrosination/detyrosination cycle in  neurodegeneration and microtubule dynamics at the synapse in relation to synaptic pruning. My academic training and research experience provide me with a background in multiple biological disciplines, including molecular biology and neuroscience. 

Maria Elena Pero, D.V.M., Ph.D.


I am an M.D. in Veterinary Medicine, a Ph.D. in Comparative Morphology and Physiology and a Lecturer in Veterinary Neurophysiology at the University of Naples Federico II, Italy, where I conducted research in Animal Physiology and Nutrition for several years. As an associate research scientist in Bartolini’s lab, I started a new line of research dedicated to the characterization of the contribution of tubulin and microtubule damage to the onset of peripheral neuropathies.

Atul Kumar, Ph.D.


I have a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Biochemistry from the University of Cologne, Germany. My projects in the Bartolini's lab are aimed to examine the role of microtubule dynamics at presynaptic boutons and whether formin-dependent microtubule hyperstabilization is an early feature of  AD and an important contributing factor for tau hyperphosphorylation.

Farihah chowdhury

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I am currently an undergraduate at Columbia College majoring in Neuroscience and Behavior with a potential minor in computer science. I am conducting research through the Rabi Scholar program, which consists of a small group of undergraduate STEM researchers that receive funding for their research. My high school lab experience includes tick microbiome research, protein crystallization and structural biology. My future goal is to pursue an MD PhD in Neuroscience. 


Ryan Dosumu-johnson

I received my M.D. and Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Harvard Medical School. I am currently a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow at Columbia and Weil Cornell and a Leon Levy Research Fellow. My scientific interest lies in how microtubule dynamics affect the interplay between synaptic plasticity, environment, and development.

Alessandro ComincinI


I received my MSc in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology from the University of Parma and a PhD  in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Milan. My project aims to investigate the putative role of α-Synuclein  and acetylated tubulin in the regulation of neurotransmission by modulation of synaptic microtubule dynamics in health and models of Parkinson's disease.

Vincent V. Elias

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Marilisa Conenna M.S..


I received my MSc in Genetic and Molecular biology from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. I am currently enrolled as a PhD student in Molecular Medicine at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. My PhD project focuses on the role of the cytoskeleton regulator inverted formin 2 (INF2) in Hedgehog-dependent medulloblastoma. In the Bartolini’s lab I examine whether and how INF2-mediated control of cytoskeletal and mitochondrial dynamics impacts hedgehog signaling.

I received my B.S. in Neuroscience and a minor in Ethnic Studies from Colorado State University. Currently, I am a Research Technician in the Bartolini lab where I aim to gain valuable research experience on the role of microtubules in neurodegeneration. For the future I hope to enroll in a Medical Scientist Training Program to expand my education in Neuroscience and transgender medicine. 

former members

caterina sanchini


I received my Master’s Degree in Neuroscience from the University of Trieste, Italy and a PhD in Life Science at "La Sapienza" University of Rome My project in the Bartolini's lab aimed to investigate the role of microtubule remodeling during microglia activation and the interplay between glial and neuronal function on synaptic microtubule regulation.

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Xiaoyi (Lily) qu, Ph.D.

Xiaoyi (Lily) was our first graduate student and amazing young scientist! Her work paved the way to the exploration of MT dynamics at presynaptic contacts and the regulation of tau phosphorylation by MT pathways. We wish her a stellar future! 

Barbara pianu (int master student)


Fang nan yuan (tech)(now m.d.,ph.d. student loyola u)


Osama Kasem (TECH)


elsa toubier (int master student)


mathilde gagliardinii (int master student)


Sara pierre-ferrer (int master student)(now ph.d. student university of Zurich)


samie julies (tech)(now M.D. student St. George university)

Marian Blanca-ramirez (post-doc)

Elsa schalck (int master student)

justine Riti (int master student)


Celeste Abourjeili (high school student)


Allison LAx (high school student)

Ryan Bose (high school student)

Jeremy Lai (high school student)



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Columbia university, ny

Ottavio Arancio, M.D., Ph.D.

grace shin, ph.d. (Wes grueber lab)

Clarissa Waites, ph.d.

jie jia teoh, ph.d. (frenkel lab)

Gregg g. gundersen, ph.d.

Michael Shelanski, m.d.,ph.d.

Andrew sproul, PH.D.

Roger Lefort, ph.d.

David sulzer, ph.d.

heike Blockus, ph.d. (Franck polleux lab)

Francesco lotti, ph.d.

yalda Moayedi-Esfahani, ph.d.

estela area-gomez, ph.d.

Ismael santa-maria Perez, ph.d.

Richard vallée, ph.d. (joint lab meetings)

Caghan kizil, ph.d.

Howard j. worman, m.d.

Thomas brannagan, m.d.

kurenai tanji, m.d.


Penn State University

Melissa rolls, ph.d.


University of Pittsburgh

Zachary freyberg, M.d., ph.d.

La Jolla Institute of Immunology

Alessandro sette, ph.d.

Università' Milano-bicocca, Milan, it

guido cavaletti, m.d.

universita' di Milano, milan, it

graziella cappelletti, ph.d.


IBMC, Porto, Portugal

Monica sousa, ph.d.

marcia almeida liz, ph.d.


Grenoble Institute of Neuroscience, FR

Leticia Peris, ph.d. 

Annie Andrieux, ph.d.

Laurence lafanachere, ph.d.

Marie jo moutin, ph.d.


institut curie orsay, paris, fr

Carsten janke, ph.D.

magda maria magiera, ph.d.


university of Rome "la sapienza", Rome, IT

Paola infante, ph.d.

lucia di marcotullio, ph.d.

silvia di Angelantonio, ph.d.

Maria Rosito, ph.d.

Caterina sanchini (Dr. Di Angelantonio lab)

giancarlo ruocco, ph.d.

New York university, ny

Dirk trauner, ph.d.

barnard college, ny

Christina vizcarra, ph.d.

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