Marzio Gerbella

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Education

 

·               March 6, 2009: PhD in Neuroscience, University of Parma. Title of the thesis “Architectonic and connections of monkey caudal ventrolateral prefrontal cortex”. Supervisor: Prof. Giuseppe Luppino

 

·               March 19, 2004: Degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology (110/110 cum laude) University of Parma, Italy. Thesis: "Rapamycin effects on the apoptosis of human leucemia cells". Supervisor: Prof. Piergiorgio Petronini.

 

·               April 15, 2016: Felasa certification (Category A and B) of competence for using of live vertebrate animals (including primates) for scientific purposes.

 

Previous positions

 

·           July 2015-July 2016: Post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Neuroscience, University of Parma, Parma, Italy. Title of the project: “Organization of the striatal projections of cortical circuits involved  in   grasping, reaching, and spatial orientation”, under the supervision of Prof. Giuseppe Luppino.

 

·      August 2013 – July 2015: Fellowship at the Department of Neuroscience, University of Parma. Title of the project: “Connections and architectonic of the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex of the macaque monkey”, under the supervision of Prof. Giuseppe Luppino.

 

·      August 2009 –July 2013: Post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Neuroscience, University of Parma. Title of the project: “Anatomical basis of cognitive-motor functions”, under the supervision of Prof. Giuseppe Luppino.

 

·     2005-2009: PhD program in Neuroscience, University of Parma, director Prof. Giacomo Rizzolatti, supervisor Prof. Giuseppe Luppino.

 

·      2003 –2004: Internship at the Department of General Pathology, University of Parma, under the

 

Interests

Neurophysiology Neuroanatomy Neurobiology System Neuroscience

Projects

Validation and application of new linear injectrodes for animal deep structures

The project consists of two subprojects: a technological and a scientific one. The aim of the technological subproject is the development of a new type of linear injectrodes suitable for the study of deep brain structures and their validation in non-human primates.
The scientific subproject will concern the assessment of the effect of pharmacological modulation of the basal ganglia activity on the animal’s capacity to recognize others’ action. At the end of the project, anatomical techniques will be used to confirm the location of the investigated regions and to evaluate the probes biocompatibility.

The project is included in the research line of the Center for Biomolecular Nanotechnologies of arnesano (LE) and is developed in collaboration with the Medicine and Neurosurgery Department of the University of Parma.

Selected Publications

 

 

1.     Gerbella M, Caruana F, Rizzolatti G. (2017)

 

Pathways for smiling, disgust and fear recognition in blindsight patients.

 

Neuropsychologia. 6. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.

 

 

 

2.     Gerbella M, Rozzi S, Rizzolatti G. (2017)

 

The extended object-grasping network.

 

Exp Brain Res. 2017 Jul 26. doi: 10.1007/s00221-017-5007-3

 

 

 

3.     Lanzilotto M, Gerbella M, Perciavalle V, Lucchetti C. (2017)

 

Neuronal Encoding of Self and Others' Head Rotation in the Macaque Dorsal Prefrontal Cortex.

 

Sci Rep. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-08936-5.

 

 

 

4.     Ferrari PF, Gerbella M, Coudé G, Rozzi S. (2017)

 

Two different mirror neuron networks: The sensorimotor (hand) and limbic (face) pathways.

 

Neuroscience. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.

 

 

 

5.     Borra E, Gerbella M, Rozzi S, Luppino G. (2017)

 

The macaque lateral grasping network: A neural substrate for generating purposeful hand actions. Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 75:65-90. doi: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2017.01.017.

 

 

 

6.     Lanzilotto M, Livi A, Maranesi M, Gerbella M, Barz F, Ruther P, Fogassi L, Rizzolatti G, Bonini L. (2016)

 

Extending the Cortical Grasping Network: Pre-supplementary Motor Neuron Activity During Vision and Grasping of Objects.

 

Cereb Cortex. 26:4435-4449 doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhw315

 

 

 

7.     **Grandi L.C., Gerbella M. (2016).

 

Single neurons in the insular cortex of a macaque monkey respond to skin brushing: preliminary data of the possible representation of pleasant touch.

 

Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2016.00090

 

 

 

8.     *Gerbella M., Borra E., Rozzi S., Luppino G. (2016). 

 

Connections of the macaque Granular Frontal Opercular (GrFO) area: a possible neural substrate for the contribution of limbic inputs for controlling hand and face/mouth actions.

 

Brain Structure And Function  221:59-78.

 

 

 

9.     **Jezzini A, Rozzi S, Borra E, Gallese V, Caruana F, Gerbella M. (2015).

 

A shared neural network for emotional expression and perception: An anatomical study in the macaque monkey.

 

Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience ISSN: 1662-5153 doi:10.3389/fnbeh.2015.00243

 

 

 

10.  *Gerbella M, Borra E., Mangiaracina C., Rozzi S., Luppino G. (2015).

 

Corticostriate projections from areas of the “lateral grasping network”: evidence for multiple hand-related input channels.

 

Cerebral Cortex  Epub ahead of print. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhv135

 

 

 

11.  Borra E, Gerbella M, Rozzi S, Luppino G. (2015).

 

Projections from caudal ventrolateral prefrontal areas to brainstem preoculomotor structures and to basal ganglia and cerebellar oculomotor loops in the macaque.

 

Cereb. Cortex 25:748-64.

 

 

 

12.  Borra E, Gerbella M, Rozzi S, Tonelli S, Luppino G. (2014).

 

Projections to the superior colliculus from inferior parietal, ventral premotor, and ventrolateral prefrontal areas involved in controlling goal-directed hand actions in the macaque.

 

Cereb. Cortex 24:1054-1065.

 

 

 

13.  *Gerbella M, Baccarini M, Borra E, Rozzi S, Luppino G. (2014).

 

Amygdalar connections of the macaque areas 45A and 45B.

 

Brain Struct. Funct. 219:831-842.

 

 

 

14.  *Gerbella M, Borra E, Rozzi S, Tonelli S, Luppino G. (2013).

 

Connectional heterogeneity of the ventral part of the macaque area 46.

 

Cereb. Cortex 23:967-87.

 

 

 

15.  Borra E, Gerbella M, Rozzi S, Luppino G. (2011).

 

Anatomical evidence for the involvement of the macaque ventrolateral prefrontal area 12r in controlling goal-directed actions.

 

J. Neurosci. 31:12351-63..

 

 

 

16.  Nelissen K, Borra E, Gerbella M, Rozzi S, Luppino G, Vanduffel W, Rizzolatti G, Orban GA. (2011).

 

Action observation circuits in the macaque monkey cortex.

 

J. Neurosci. 31:3743-56.

 

 

 

17.  *Gerbella M, Belmalih A, Borra E, Rozzi S, Luppino G. (2011).

 

Cortical connections of the anterior (F5a) subdivision of the macaque ventral premotor area F5.

 

Brain Struct. Funct. 216:43-65.

 

 

 

18.  Contini M, Borra E, Gerbella M, Rozzi S, Luppino G. (2010).

 

Thalamic projections to the macaque caudal ventrolateral prefrontal areas 45A and 45B. Eur.J. Neurosci. 32:1337-53.

 

 

 

19.  Borra E, Belmalih A, Gerbella M, Rozzi S, Luppino G. (2010).

 

Projections of the hand field of the macaque ventral premotor area F5 to the brainstem and spinal cord.

 

J. Comp. Neurol. 518: 2570-2591.

 

 

 

20.  *Gerbella M, Belmalih A, Borra E, Rozzi S, Luppino G. (2010).

 

Cortical connections of the macaque caudal ventrolateral prefrontal areas 45A and 45B. Cereb. Cortex 20:141-168.

 

 

 

21.  Belmalih A, Borra E, Contini M, Gerbella M, Rozzi S, Luppino G. (2009).

 

Multimodal architectonic subdivision of the rostral part (area F5) of the macaque ventral premotor cortex.

 

J. Comp. Neurol. 512:183-217.

 

 

 

22.  Borra E, Belmalih A, Calzavara R, Gerbella M, Murata A, Rozzi S, Luppino G. (2008). Cortical connections of the macaque anterior intraparietal (AIP) area.

 

Cereb. Cortex 18:1094-1111.

 

 

 

23.  Belmalih A, Borra E, Contini M, Gerbella M, Rozzi S, Luppino G. (2007).

 

A multiarchitectonic approach for the definition of functionally distinct areas and domains in the monkey frontal lobe.

 

Journal of Anatomy 211:199-211.

 

 

 

24.  *Gerbella M, Belmalih A, Borra E, Rozzi S, Luppino G. (2007).

 

Multimodal architectonic subdivision of the caudal ventrolateral prefrontal cortex of the macaque monkey.

 

Brain Struct. Funct. 212:269-301.