Short CV/Education and training

  • 1993 – 1999
    University of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome: Medicine and Surgery studies

  • 1997 – 1999
    Research Assistant, Department of Experimental Medicine and Biochemical Science, University of Tor Vergata, Rome

  • 1999
    MD degree (110/110 cum Laude)

  • 2000
    Medical Doctor Habilitation

  • 2000 – 2004
    PhD student, University of Tor Vergata, Rome

  • 2003
    Professional Research Assistant, Institute for Behavioral Genetics, University of Colorado at Boulder

  • 2004
    PhD degree

  • 2004 – 2007
    Post-doctoral training, Institute for Behavioral Genetics, University of Colorado at Boulder

  • 2006
    Summer Training Course in Experimental Aging Research (NIA), Buck Institute for Aging Research, Novato, CA

  • 2007 – 2011
    Senior Scientist, School of Medicine, University of Tor Vergata, Rome

  • Since 2011
    Visiting Scientist, School of Medicine, University of Tor Vergata, Rome

  • Since 2011
    Head of a Independent Research Group (Liason group between the Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine and the Central Institute of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine of the Heinrich Heine University)

Selected publications

  • Malisan F, Franchi L, Tomassini B, Ventura N, Condo' I, Rippo MR, Rufini A, Liberati L, Nachtigall C, Kniep B and Testi R. Acetylation suppresses the pro-apoptotic activity of GD3 ganglioside. J Exp Med. 2002 196(12):1535 – 41

  • Ventura N, Rea S.,Henderson ST, Condo I, Johnson TE, Testi R. Reduced Expression of Frataxin Extends the Life Span of Caenorhabditis elegans. Aging Cell 2005 Apr;4(2):109 – 12

  • Condò I*, Ventura N*, Malisan F, Tomassini B, Testi R. A pool of extramitochondrial frataxin that protect from apopotsis?. J Biol Chem. 2006 Jun16;281(24):16750 – 6 (*Equal contribution)

  • Rea SL*, Ventura N*, Johnson TE. Relationship Between Mitochondrial Inhibition, Development and Life Extension in C. elegans. PloS Biology. 2007 Oct 2;5(10):e259 (*Equal contribution)

  • Ventura N@, Rea SL, Schiavi A, Torgovnick A, Testi R, Johnson TE. p53/cep-1 Increases or Decreases C.elegans lifespan Depending on Level of Mitochondrial Bioenergetic Stress. Aging Cell. 2009 Aug;8(4):380 – 93 (@ corresponding author)

  • Guccini I, Serio D, Condò I, Rufini A, Tomassini B, Mangiola A, Maira G, Anile C, Fina D, Pallone F, Mongiardi MP, Levi A, Ventura N@, Roberto Testi@ & Florence Malisan@. Frataxin participates to the hypoxia-induced response in tumors. Cell Death Dis. 2011 Feb 24;2:e12 (@ corresponding author)

  • Schiavi A, Torgovnick A, Kell A, Megalou E, Castelein N, Guccini I, Marzocchella L, Gelino S, Hansen M, Malisan F, Condo' I, Bei R, Rea S, Braeckman BP, Tavernarakis N, Testi R, Ventura N. Autophagy induction extends lifespan and reduces lipids content in response to frataxin silencing in C. elegans. Exp Gerontol. 2012 Dec 13. doi:pii: S0531-5565(12)00315-4. 10.1016/j.exger.2012.12.002. [Epub ahead of print]

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Mechanistic aspects of mitochondrial-stress control of longevity

  • C. elegans models for human mitochondria-associated diseases

  • Extrinsic interventions to promote healthy aging: C. elegans as a model organism

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Genetic Society of America

  • Italian Society of Human Genetics

  • Italian Society of Cytometry

  • European Cell Death Organization

  • The German Association for Aging Research

Serves as reviewer for:

  • Journal of Experimental Gerontology; Mechanism of Aging and Development; Antioxidants & Redox Signaling; Aging Cell; Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology; External Boarding Advisor, PhD thesis, University of Queesland, Australia; Research Foundation Flanders (FWO); FASEB Journal; American Journal of Pathology.

Additional qualifications

  • 1999 Medical Doctor degree (110/110 cum Laude), University of Tor Vergata, Rome

  • 2000 Medical Doctor Habilitation, Tor Vergata Hospital, Rome

  • 2011 National Research Center, IGM, Bologna, Habilitation

  • 2011 National Research Center, ITB, Milano, Habilitation


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