Location: DIBIT1 A3
Head, Proteomic and iron metabolism Unit
Associate professor, Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele
Sonia Levi has a solid track record in iron metabolism and, in particular, a long experience in the characterization of structure and function of ferritins, both in vitro and in cellular models. She was involved in the first discovery of mitochondrial ferritin. The study of the physiological role of this protein is one of her major research interest, together with the study of iron mitochondrial homeostasis. She is also focused to clarify the relationship between iron and neurodegeneration. With this aim she developed and studied cellular and animal models of neurodegenerative diseases, like neuroferritinophaty, PKAN and Friedreich's ataxia. Recently, she has developed human neuronal cellular models derived from fibroblasts of affected patients by genetic reprogramming.
She has previously administered projects funded by different agencies and successfully collaborated with other researchers in multicenter research project. Her expertise is documented by her scientific production: she is co-author of 119 papers published in international peer-reviewed journals and of 10 book chapters, with a total Impact Factor =610,841 IF mean= 5,097, h- index Web of Science =51, h-index Google Scholar =55. She has been identified as member of “Top Italian Woman Scientist 2016”.