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Dr Paola Giunti
Appointment
  • Principal Clinical Research Associate
  • Molecular Neuroscience
  • Institute of Neurology
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
Research Themes
Research Summary
Paola has a longstanding interest in the pathogenesis of neurological disorders, in particular the inherited cerebellar ataxias and other movement disorders. At UCL, Paola has been researching the mechanisms that underlie neuronal degeneration in the central and peripheral nervous systems. Paola's contribution has been instrumental in the identification of genes causing different autosomal dominant cerebellar disorders. Paola's research has also expanded the clinical spectrum of several rare inherited disorders. At the Department of Molecular Neuroscience Paola's research team focuses on understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases with a particular emphasis on triplet repeat conditions. This implies the use of molecular and cell biology techniques and more recently, live imaging. Paola is an active major contributor to two European consortiums on the inherited ataxias (EUROSCA and EFACTS) and is involved in the translation of basic research findings into the clinic for use in both diagnostic testing and therapeutic trials.
Academic Background
1985 MD Doctor of Medicine – Pre-clinical Medicine Universita degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza
  PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Neurogenetics Institute of Neurology
1993 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Genetics Universita degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza
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