Renato Brandimarti, PhD
Visiting Research Associate
Renato is an Assistant Professor of Molecular Virology at the University of Bologna, Italy, and a longtime collaborator with Dr. Meucci. He earned a PhD from the University of Bologna in 1993 and then worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Chicago in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Cellular Biology. In 1999, he returned to the University of Bologna as a faculty member and shortly thereafter began working with Dr. Meucci at Drexel in 2001.
Renato has a major interest in viral proteins that affect neuronal survival and intracellular trafficking, including the HIV envelope protein gp120 and the HSV protein Us9. Over the last several years he has collaborated with our group both by means of research sabbaticals in the lab and/or by providing his technical expertise as a molecular virologist. His recent work has focused on developing Us9-based molecular tools to study the trafficking and processing of amyloid precursor protein in cortical neurons.