Alessandro Cellerino


Alessandro Cellerino

Associate Professor

Tel: +39 0506212756


OrcID 0000-0003-3834-0097

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Via Moruzzi 1, Area della Ricerca CNR-PISA, ℅ IBF,

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Research Interests

Current research is focused on the biological mechanisms of aging using the shortest-lived vertebrate, the annual fish Nothobranchius furzeri that we developed as model organism for aging research.

We integrate in a data-driven approach the genomic, molecular, cellular and organism levels of analysis to identify the physiological mechansisms controlling brain aging and lifespan

Bio Sketch

1987-1991 Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa,

1991 Graduation (Laurea) Biology, University of Pisa

1992-1994 PhD student Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy, Neurobiology

1994 Visting student Max Planck Institute for Neurobiology, Martinsried

1995-1997 Postdoctoral scientist, University of Tuebingen

1998-1999 Researcher CNR Institute of Neuroscience, Pisa

2000-2006 Researcher Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa

2007-2009 Junior Group Leader, Leibniz Institute on Aging, Fritz Lipmann Institute, Jena

2010 -2015 Assistant professor, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa

2010 –         Guest scientist, Leibniz Institute on Aging, Fritz Lipmann Institute, Jena

2016 –         Associate professor of Physiology,  Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa

Selected Publications

Ripa R, Dolfi L, Terrigno M, Pandolfini L, Savino A, Arcucci V, Groth M, Terzibasi Tozzini E, Baumgart M, Cellerino A, MicroRNA miR-29 controls a compensatory response to limit neuronal iron accumulation during adult life and aging. BMC Biology, 2017 15: p. 9

Baumgart, M., S. Priebe, M. Groth, N. Hartmann, U. Menzel, L. Pandolfini, P. Koch, M. Felder, M. Ristow, C. Englert, R. Guthke, M. Platzer, and A. Cellerino, Longitudinal RNA-Seq analysis of vertebrate aging identifies mitochondrial complex I as a small-molecule-sensitive modifier of lifespan. Cell Systems, 2016. 2(2): p. 122-132

Reichwald, K., A. Petzold, P. Koch, B.R. Downie, N. Hartmann, S. Pietsch, M. Baumgart, D. Chalopin, M. Felder, M. Bens, A. Sahm, K. Szafranski, S. Taudien, M. Groth, I. Arisi, A. Weise, S.S. Bhatt, V. Sharma, J.M. Kraus, F. Schmid, S. Priebe, T. Liehr, M. Gorlach, M.E. Than, M. Hiller, H.A. Kestler, J.N. Volff, M. Schartl, A. Cellerino*, C. Englert*, and M. Platzer*, Insights into Sex Chromosome Evolution and Aging from the Genome of a Short-Lived Fish. Cell, 2015. 163(6): p. 1527-38

Tozzini, E.T., M. Baumgart, G. Battistoni, and A. Cellerino, Adult neurogenesis in the short-lived teleost Nothobranchius furzeri: localization of neurogenic niches, molecular characterization and effects of aging. Aging Cell, 2012. 11(2): p. 241-51

Valenzano, D.R., E. Terzibasi, T. Genade, A. Cattaneo, L. Domenici, and A. Cellerino, Resveratrol prolongs lifespan and retards the onset of age-related markers in a short-lived vertebrate. Curr Biol, 2006. 16(3): p. 296-300