Dr. Nicoletta Plotegher is a senior postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biology at the University of Padova. She earned her master’s degree in physics at the University of Trento and then enrolled in the PhD program in biosciences at the University of Padova (2010). During her PhD she focused on the study of alpha-synuclein aggregation in vitro and in Parkinson’s disease models using biophysical methods. She then started her first postdoc during which she got interested in posttranslational modification responsible for alpha-synuclein oligomerization and toxicity.
In 2015, a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship allowed Dr. Plotegher to move to University College London, where she started studying the role of GBA1 in Parkinson’s and Gaucher diseases. GBA1 involvement in alpha-synuclein aggregation, in mitochondrial defects and calcium signaling impairment were investigated. In 2018 she was awarded a Veronesi Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship to go back to Padova, where she is further exploring GBA1 role in Parkinson’s disease.