Short CV/Education and training

Education and training

  • 1964
    "Maturità classica" (diploma oriented in the humanistic disciplines) from the public lyceum "Michelangiolo", Florence, Italy.

  • 1964 – 1966
    Undergraduate, Faculty of Science, University of Paris. Basic courses in Chemistry, Physics and Biology

  • 1966 – 1972
    Graduate student, the Rockefeller University, New York

  • 1968 – 1972
    Thesis research in the laboratory of David Sabatini. The research for my thesis in Cell Biology concerned the interaction between ribosomes and membranes of the Endoplasmic Reticulum, and led to the demonstration of a proteinaceous receptor for ribosomes on the rough ER membrane

  • 1972
    Ph.D., The Rockefeller University, New York

  • 1973 – 1977
    Postdoctoral training in Cell Biology with Prof. Jacopo Meldolesi, C.N.R. Center for Cytopharmacology, Milano. The research concerned the biogenetic relationship between membranes of the secretory pathway.

Academic Record

  • 1974 – 1988
    Investigator of the Italian National Research Council (C.N.R) – C.N.R. Center for Cytopharmacology, Milano

  • since 1980
    Group Leader, C.N.R. Institute of Neuroscience, Milano

  • 1984
    Short term E.M.B.O. fellowship for collaboration with Dr. Kathryn Howell, E.M.B.L., Heidelberg

  • 1985
    Visiting Scholar, on a long-term EMBO fellowship, at the Department of Anatomy and Cellular Biology, Harvard Medical School (Laboratory of Joan Ruderman)

  • 1988 – 1994
    Associate Professor in General Biology, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Milano

  • 1994 – 2014
    Professor of Biology, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Catanzaro “Magna Graecia”

  • 2003 – 2011
    Director, Department of Pharmacobiological Science, University of Catanzaro “Magna Graecia”

Current Position

  • Group Leader, CNR Institute of Neuroscience, Milano

Selected publications

  • Fossati M., Colombo S., Borgese N. (2014) A positive signal prevents secretory membrane cargo from recycling between the Golgi and the ER. Embo J., 33: 2080-97, doi: 10.15252/embj.201488367

  • Giordano F., Saheki Y., Idevall-Hagren Y., Colombo S.F.., Pirruccello M., Milosevic I., Gracheva E.O., Bagriantsev S.N., Borgese N., De Camilli P. (2013) PI(4,5)P2 dependent and Ca2+-regulated ER-Plasma Membrane Interactions mediated by the Extended-Synaptotagmins. Cell 153: 1494-1509

  • Maiuolo J., Bulotta S., Verderio C., Benfante R., Borgese N. (2011) Selective activation of the transcription factor ATF6 mediates endoplasmic reticulum proliferation triggered by a membrane protein. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 108:7832-7837.

  • Ronchi P., Colombo S., Francolini M., Borgese N. (2008) Transmembrane Domain-Dependent Partitioning of Membrane Proteins within the Endoplasmic Reticulum. J. Cell Biol. 181: 105-118.

  • Brambillasca S., Yabal M., Makarow M., Borgese N. (2006) Unassisted translocation of large polar domains across phospholipid bilayers. J. Cell Biol 175:767-777.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Mechanism of targeting of tail-anchored membrane proteins

  • Mechanism of spontaneous insertion of tail-anchored membrane proteins

  • Mechanisms of Endoplasmic Reticulum plasticity

  • The role of the Endoplasmic Reticulum adaptor protein, VAP-B, in motorneuronal physiology

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Review Panel for the ERC, starting grants, LS3; 2013-2013

  • Review Panel of the Research Council for Biosciences and Environment (RCBE) and Research Council for Health (RCH) of the Academy of Finland; 2009

  • Scientific Committee of Telethon Foundation; 2009-2012

  • Member of the International Affairs Committee, American Society for Cell Biology; 1998-2000

  • Member of the Directive Council of the Italian Society for Cell Biology and Differentiation (ABCD); 1987-90

  • Member of the Editorial Board of "Subcellular Biochemistry"; 1986-2002

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • Hiking, skiing, music


Other activities and achievements/family

  • Married, one daughter


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