Université de Bordeaux
BrainConf: Synaptic Plasticity27-30 September, 2022 - Bordeaux

Camilla Bellone

Camilla Bellone, Department Basic Neurosciences, University of Geneva, Switzerland


Circuit and synaptic mechanisms of approach and avoidance social behavior


I am an Associate Professor at the Department of Basic Neuroscience of the University of Geneva (Switzerland) and director of the National Center of Competence in Research, Synapsy. I have trained in neuroscience between the USA (UCSF, postdoctoral fellowship) and Europe (Italy and Switzerland, Ph.D. and senior research assistant), and I established my laboratory in Switzerland in 2014. I have been interested in understanding how defined neural circuits give rise to social behavior for several years. I have published over 40 papers in international peer-reviewed journals, and over the last five years, I have more than 20 invited talks worldwide. In the previous five years, my laboratory has contributed to investigating the role of Dopamine neurons in social interaction using in vivo and in vitro electrophysiological approaches, optogenetic and chemogenetic control of specific circuits, and behavioral analysis. Furthermore, we have contributed to dissecting the reward system's role in Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Website: neurocenter-unige.ch/research-groups/synaptic-brain-dysfunctions