BSR Lab Members - May 2021

Michele Bellesi, MD, PhD

Principal Investigator

I am a neurologist who obtained his M.D. degree at the University of Ancona in Italy. After completing my residency in Neurology, I pursued a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, which prompted me to join the Center for Sleep and Consciousness at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. There, I developed a cohesive research program to study the complex reciprocal interaction between the sleep/wake cycle and glial cells. After a period spent at the University of Bristol as independent PI, I joined the University of Camerino (Italy) as associate professor in 2020. Here, I am currently investigating the cellular consequences of sleep disruption and enhancement in health and disease.

Luisa de Vivo, PhD

Principal Investigator

I am a biologist fascinated by sleep. I obtained my PhD in Neuroscience at University of Ancona (Italy) in 2010. I then moved  to Pisa (Italy) to work with Dr Gian Michele Ratto at NEST - CNR Nanoscience, where I received training in in vivo electrophysiology and two-photon microscopy that I applied to study synaptic plasticity in the visual cortex. In 2012, I joined Profs. Giulio Tononi and Chiara Cirelli's laboratory at University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA), where I investigated the effects of sleep and sleep loss at the cellular level, defining morphological and molecular changes in neurons across different physiological states. Since 2019, I have established my independent research laboratory, at University of Bristol first, and then at University of Camerino, where I study the link between sleep loss and mental health.

Oluwatomisin Faniyan

PhD Candidate

I am a Neuroscientist with a background in Human Anatomy. I obtained my M.Sc at the University of Lagos, Nigeria, where I investigated the mechanism underlying sleep disturbance induced by Efavirenz (an antiretroviral drug commonly used in Africa). I also worked with Professor Oremosu and Dr Dosumu’s Laboratory at the University of Lagos, Nigeria, using different research models such as mice and Drosophila melanogaster. Currently, I am a PhD student at the University of Camerino where I investigate the role of sleep loss on the development of substance abuse disorder. 

Reyila Simayi

PhD Candidate

I got my master degree in Molecular diagnostics and Biotechnology, from the University of Camerino, Italy. During a year research internship at Mark Denham's Laboratory, Aarhus University (Denmark), I have been experienced in molecular biology and stem cell culturing, which involved using human induced pluripotent stem cells to investigating the link between patients with heterozygous GBA mutations and Parkinson’s disease. As a passionate young biologist, I am fascinated about the field of neuroscience. Presently, I am a PhD student at the Brain Sleep Research Laboratory where I am investigating the behavioral consequences of sleep loss during adolescence.

Luyan Zhang

PhD Candidate

I got my master degree from Zhengzhou University of Light Industry in Food science and Engineering, China. Thereafter, I joined Zhengzhou University of Light Industry as an experimental assistant teacher at the School of Food and Bioengineering. I focused my research on development and utilization of natural antioxidants, and I mainly studied the antioxidant active substances in the Maillard reaction products (MRPs). Currently, I am a Ph.D. student at the Brain Sleep Research Laboratory where I investigate the effects of sleep enhancement in Alzheimer's disease.

Nam Anh Ngo

Graduate student

I obtained my bachelor's degree in Biosciences and Biotechnology from the University of Camerino in 2020. During my bachelor's years, I gained experience in molecular biology techniques in a project involving antibiotic research and gene manipulation. Currently, I am working in the BSR laboratory for my master thesis undertaking a project on Alzheimer’s disease and sleep enhancement.

Former members:

Monika Chaulagain

Daniela Franchini, PhD

Sabrina Galizia

Amina Aboufares El Alaoui

Federico Del Gallo

Marco Rendine