Professor and Chairman
Department of Psychiatry
Christian Barbato got his M.D. degree and then received his Ph.D. degree in neuroscience, in 2001, from Tor Vergata University of Rome, Rome, Italy. From 2002 till 2005, Barbato served as a Postdoc at the Institute of Neurobiology and Molecular Medicine (INMM), National Research Council (CNR), Rome, Italy. Then, from 2005 to 2009, he was an Associate Researcher at the Fondazione EBRI Rita Levi-Montalcini, European Brain Research Institute, MicroRNAs in the Nervous System Unit, Rome, Italy. Since 2009, he has been appointed as Full Researcher at the Institute of Cell Biology and Neurobiology (IBCN), National Research Council (CNR). His main research fields focus on the function of microRNAs and their gene targets implicated in physiological and pathological (neurodegenerative diseases) processes of neurons: the study of posttranscriptional regulation of genes involved in Alzheimer’s disease, identification of markers and targets of Alzheimer’s disease by microRNAs expression profiles obtained from human neuropathological tissues, and cellular and molecular characterization of in vitro and in vivo neuronal models in which expression of specific microRNAs was altered. More recent work aims for the characterization of cellular and molecular neurobiology of RNA-induced silencing complex (RISC) and noncoding RNA, in synaptic plasticity, learning, and memory. He is the author of about 40 papers published on international peer-reviewed journals and scientific books.
microRNAs, neurodegenerative diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, neuronal gene expressions, cell neurobiology