Dr. Nicoletta Plotegher is a research fellow and adjunct professor of biology at the University of Padova. She earned her master’s degree in physics at the University of Trento and before moving to the study of life sciences when she enrolled in the doctoral program in biosciences at the University of Padova. As a PhD student and during her first postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Plotegher studied the aggregation of alpha-synuclein in the test tube and in cellular models of Parkinson’s disease (PD). In 2015, a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship drew Dr. Plotegher to University College London, where she started studying the role of GBA1 in PD and Gaucher disease. In 2018, she was awarded a Veronesi Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship to return to Padova, where she continues to explore the impact of GBA1 in PD and in neuronal physiology.