ALESSANDRO MORO

I’m thrilled to invite you to explore my work, skills, and get to know a bit more about me. I give everything to understand and master every new challenge. Constantly developing and improving, which is why I make a point of seeking a better understanding of the scientific realm as well as in my personal life. Take a moment to look around, and contact me directly to learn more.

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MY WORK

I’m always looking for ways to help people do better, at work, and in personal life. Whether I’m working on a new project or doing something on my own, there is always room for improvement and new things to learn. Have a look at my skillset and let me know if you need additional information.

NEURONAL CELL BIOLOGY

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I am a neuroscientist from the conceptual experiment design to the day to day execution of a project. Studying the function of neurons as the fundamental building block is essential for our understanding of the brain and mind. Then, we can apply this understanding to neuropathological conditions. Here, have a look at some of my work, publish, and not.

SOFTWARE DEVELOPEMENT

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We live in a world full of technology. Every day we rely on computers, from going to work, to listen to music, to do necessary calculations. I found myself tired to repeat the same steps in my analysis protocol. So, I learned how to code, and a new world opened in front of my eyes. Here, have a look at my ImageJ packages for neurobiology analysis.

SCIENCE COMMUNICATION

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I think that is in the duty of scientists to break the crystal palace of the lab, and to bring science to the world. Why are we keeping the wonders of science to ourselves? Why not share our passion with people that couldn't study? That's why, together with two friends and former colleagues, we are building a podcast to communicate what we know about neurobiology. Here, come and join us.

For more information about my projects, questions about software and podcast, get in touch directly.

 

ACADEMIC STUDIES

September 2009 - September 2012

BACHELOR IN MOLECULAR BIOLOGY, UNIVERSTY OF PADUA

Here is where everything started. A young me learning how nature works at the very small level of what happens inside every single cell.
I learned about the electrical properties of bacteria and get a step closer to the brain.

October 2012 - September 2014

MASTER IN MOLECULAR BIOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF PADUA

Who would not take the opportunity to deepen the understanding of our place in the Universe? More and more learning about ourself and all the living things in our planet.

October 2013 - July 2014

INTERSHIP IN BEHAVIOR NEUROSCIENCE, IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON

Outside of my comfort zone, on a journey to understand how we interact with the world around us, I learned how to study animal behavior.
I was working on entangling the neuronal pattern of sleep in mice, understanding the importance of looking both at the small details as well as at the overall experiences.

November 2014 - July 2020

PH.D. CELLULAR NEUROSCIENCE, VU AMSTERDAM

Six years are a blink of an eye for the greatest show on Earth. Now, moved to Amsterdam, I worked on the mechanisms that happen inside all our neurons and that makes them communicate with each other.
I worked on understanding how neurons send signals to one another, how those signals are made and how they reach their final destinations.

July 2016

ADVANCE NEUROSCIENCE TRAINING, CAJAL COURSE FENS

Only a month in Bordeaux. But a moth full of science and learning about how to study our brain in all the possible details. Here I learned how to observed subtle changes in the structure of the neurons and how to manipulate it.

 

PAST EXPERIENCE

What I was actually doing

November 2014 - June 2020

PH.D. CANDIDATE, VU AMSTERDAM

Characterization of neuronal dense-core vesicles trafficking and fusion in mouse hippocampal neurons:
• Managing two transgenic mouse lines;
• Primary neuronal and astrocytic cultures from mice and rats;
• Designing plasmids for lentivirus transgenic induction;
• Design live-cell imaging experiments different imaging techniques;
• Confocal and super-resolution microscopy (STORM and STED).

November 2013 - July 2014

MASTER INTERSHIP, IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON

Role of the Preoptic Area in sedation induced by the α1 antagonist Dexmetedonide:
• Managing one transgenic mouse line;
• Designing plasmids for in vivo network recapitulation;
• Network activation analysis;
• EEG/EMG recordings and behavior in mice;
• Confocal and 2-photon microscopy for neuron- and network reconstruction.

January 2012 - July 2012

BACHELOR INTERNSHIP, UNIVERSITY OF PADUA

Electrophysiological characterization of a putative potassium channel from Synechocystis;
• Single channel recordings using planar lipid bilayers.

 

" Isn’t it a noble, an enlightened way of spending our brief time in the sun, to work at understanding the universe and how we have come to wake up in it?"

Richard Dawkins