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Giulia Chiacchierini

Post Doc
Genetics of Cognition
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Giulia was born in Terni, Italy. She obtained her bachelor in Psychology and master degree in Cognitive Neuroscience, both at the University of Rome La Sapienza. Her research interests lie on the neurobiology of behavior under normal conditions and diseases. 

During her undegraduate research experience, she investigated learning strategies to target reward-associated memories in a mouse model of drug-seeking. She then completed her PhD studies at the University of Leicester, UK, at James McCutcheon's lab, where she investigated neural and cognitive substrates of dietary protein regulation in rats; in particular, she focused on the way in which low-protein diet influences food choices, and the role of the mesolimbic dopamine system. Currently, she is a postdoc at the Italian Institute of Technology, Genova, in Francesco Papaleo's lab, where she studies the role of neuron-microglia crosstalk in social behavior in mouse lines of genetic syndromes. 

To research these topics, Giulia has employed several behavioral paradigms in rodents, together with state-of-the-art in vivo neurophysiological measurements, pharmacological manipulations and ex vivo analysis, to determine links between brain circuit activity and behavior.

All Publications
Scheggia D., La Greca F., Maltese F., Chiacchierini G., Italia M., Molent C., Bernardi F., Carrano N., Zianni E., Gardoni F., Diluca M., Papaleo F.
Prosocial and selfish choices depend on cortico-amygdala reciprocal connections
Nature Neuroscience
Article in Press Journal
Chiacchierini G., Naneix F., Apergis-Schoute J., McCutcheon J.E.
Restriction of dietary protein in rats increases progressive-ratio motivation for protein.
Physiology and Behavior
Barcik W., Chiacchierini G., Bimpisidis Z., Papaleo F.
Immunology and microbiology: how do they affect social cognition and emotion recognition?
Current Opinion in Immunology
Hayes J., Garau C., Chiacchierini G., Urcelay G.P., McCutcheon J.E., Apergis-Schoute J.
Predictive and motivational factors influencing anticipatory contrast: A comparison of contextual and gustatory predictors in food restricted and free-fed rats.
Physiology and Behavior
Chiacchierini G., Naneix F., Peters K. Z., Apergis-Schoute J., Snoeren E. M. S., McCutcheon J. E.
Protein appetite drives macronutrient-related differences in ventral tegmental area neural activity
The Journal of Neuroscience