Valentina Ferretti

Affiliated Researcher
Post doc

Research Lines



Via Morego 30


September 2014 - present: Post-doc in the Genetic of Cognition lab, Neuroscience and Brain Technologies Department, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genoa, Italy

March 2010 - September 2014: Post-doctoral fellow in the Laboratory of Molecular Neuroscience, Imperial College, London

January 2008 - March 2010: Research assistent in the Laboratory of Neuroplasticity and Disease, Imperial College, London

October 2005 – January 2009: Ph.D. student at the Department of Biology and Biotechnology, Sapienza University of Rome

January 2005 - October 2005: Master student at the Centre des Researches sur la Cognition Animal, Universitè Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France

July 2004 - December 2004: Fellow at the Institute of Cellular Biology, CNR, Monterotondo, Rome

IIT Publications

  • 2018
  • Scheggia D.iit, Zamberletti E., Realini N.iit, Mereu M.iit, Contarini G., Ferretti V.iit, Manago F.iit, Margiani G., Brunoro R.iit, Rubino T., De Luca M.A., Piomelli D.iit, Parolaro D., Papaleo F.iit

    Remote memories are enhanced by COMT activity through dysregulation of the endocannabinoid system in the prefrontal cortex

    Molecular Psychiatry, vol. 23, (no. 4), pp. 1040-1050
  • Ferretti V.iit, Papaleo F.iit

    Understanding others: emotion recognition abilities in humans and other animals

    Genes Brain and Behavior
  • 2017
  • Capitano F., Camon J., Licursi V., Ferretti V., Maggi L., Scianni M., Del Vecchio G., Rinaldi A., Mannironi C., Limatola C., Presutti C., Mele A.

    MicroRNA-335-5p modulates spatial memory and hippocampal synaptic plasticity

    Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, vol. 139, pp. 63-68
  • 2016
  • Song S., Grillo F.W., Xi J., Ferretti V., Gao G., De Paola V.

    EPBscore: a Novel Method for Computer-Assisted Analysis of Axonal Structure and Dynamics

    Neuroinformatics, vol. 14, (no. 1), pp. 121-127
  • Capitano F., Camon J., Ferretti V., Licursi V., De Vito F., Rinaldi A., Vincenti S., Mannironi C., Fragapane P., Bozzoni I., Oliverio A., Negri R., Presutti C., Mele A.

    microRNAs Modulate Spatial Memory in the Hippocampus and in the Ventral Striatum in a Region-Specific Manner

    Molecular Neurobiology, vol. 53, (no. 7), pp. 4618-4630
  • Katsageorgiou V.-M.iit, Zanotto M.iit, Huang H.iit, Ferretti V.iit, Papaleo F.iit, Sona D.iit, Murino V.iit

    Unsupervised mouse behavior analysis: A data-driven study of mice interactions

    Proceedings - International Conference on Pattern Recognition, vol. 0, pp. 925-930
  • 2015
  • Zhang Z., Ferretti V., Guntan I., Moro A., Steinberg E.A., Ye Z., Zecharia A.Y., Yu X., Vyssotski A.L., Brickley S.G., Yustos R., Pillidge Z.E., Harding E.C., Wisden W., Franks N.P.

    Neuronal ensembles sufficient for recovery sleep and the sedative actions of α 2 adrenergic agonists

    Nature Neuroscience, vol. 18, (no. 4), pp. 553-561
  • Ferretti V., Perri V., Cristofoli A., Vetere G., Fragapane P., Oliverio A., Teule M.A., Mele A.

    Phosphorylation of S845 GluA1 AMPA receptors modulates spatial memory and structural plasticity in the ventral striatum

    Brain Structure and Function, vol. 220, (no. 5), pp. 2653-2661
  • 2014
  • Gelegen C., Gent T.C., Ferretti V., Zhang Z., Yustos R., Lan F., Yang Q., Overington D.W.U., Vyssotski A.L., van Lith H.A., Wisden W., Franks N.P.

    Staying awake - a genetic region that hinders α2 adrenergic receptor agonist-induced sleep

    European Journal of Neuroscience, vol. 40, (no. 1), pp. 2311-2319
  • 2013
  • Grillo F.W., Song S., Teles-Grilo Ruivo L.M., Huang L., Gao G., Knott G.W., MacO B., Ferretti V., Thompson D., Little G.E., De Paola V.

    Increased axonal bouton dynamics in the aging mouse cortex

    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 110, (no. 16)
  • 2010
  • Ferretti V., Roullet P., Sargolini F., Rinaldi A., Perri V., Del Fabbro M., Costantini V.J.A., Annese V., Scesa G., De Stefano M.E., Oliverio A., Mele A.

    Ventral striatal plasticity and spatial memory

    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 107, (no. 17), pp. 7945-7950
  • 2007
  • Ferretti V., Sargolini F., Oliverio A., Mele A., Roullet P.

    Effects of intra-accumbens NMDA and AMPA receptor antagonists on short-term spatial learning in the Morris water maze task

    Behavioural Brain Research, vol. 179, (no. 1), pp. 43-49
  • 2005
  • Ferretti V., Florian C., Costantini V.J.A., Roullet P., Rinaldi A., De Leonibus E., Oliverio A., Mele A.

    Co-activation of glutamate and dopamine receptors within the nucleus accumbens is required for spatial memory consolidation in mice

    Psychopharmacology, vol. 179, (no. 1), pp. 108-116
  • 2003
  • De Leonibus E., Costantini V.J.A., Castellano C., Ferretti V., Oliverio A., Mele A.

    Distinct roles of the different ionotropic glutamate receptors within the nucleus accumbens in passive-avoidance learning and memory in mice

    European Journal of Neuroscience, vol. 18, (no. 8), pp. 2365-2373