SITraN Lunchtime Seminar: Monday 22 October 2018, 13:00 – 14:00: Dr Alessio Vagnoni, Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute, King’s College London

Title: “Watching neurons in their natural habitat: axonal transport and neuronal ageing in Drosophila”

Venue: Rooms B02/B03, SITraN, 385a Glossop Road,
Sheffield S10 2HQ

Speaker: Dr Alessio Vagnoni, Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute, King’s College London



“I graduated from the University of Pavia and IUSS (Pavia, Italy) with a Master’s degree in Genetics and Molecular Biology. After Uni, I relocated to the MRC Centre for Neurodegeneration Research (King’s College London, UK) where I obtained a PhD in Neuroscience. In the lab of Chris Miller, I studied axonal transport using cultures of rodent primary neurons as a model. While studying for my PhD, I felt that much was known about the regulation of neuronal transport in vitro (i.e. in cell culture). However, how neuronal trafficking is orchestrated in an in vivo system was largely unexplored. In 2012, I then decided to move to the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (Cambridge, UK) in the lab of Simon Bullock to study neuronal trafficking in the Drosophila nervous system. During my postdoc at the LMB, I developed a strong interest in neuronal ageing. In 2017, I was recruited to the Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute (King’s College London, UK) as group leader to study the regulation of axonal transport in ageing Drosophila and in mammalian primary neurons. I am a NC3Rs David Sainsbury Fellow and a Van Geest Fellow in Dementia and Neurodegeneration.”