Naturhouse Italia Ferrara, Italy
Certified Nutritionist, June 2012
American College of Sports Medicine Oakland, CA
Certified ACSM Health Fitness Specialist*, March 2010
Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center – UCSF San Francisco, CA
Postdoctoral fellowship in Neurology, January 2008
University of Bologna Bologna, Italy/Indianapolis, IN
Ph.D. in Neurophysiology, July 2004
University of Bologna Bologna, Italy
Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Chemistry – March 1999
2011-2012 Naturhouse Italia - Nutritionist Pesaro, Italy
Leading company in the dietetic and nutrition sector in Spain. Now present in 15 countries worldwide with over two millions customers. The Naturhouse system is based on eating habits reeducation, which will allow customers to easily achieve a healthy weight.
2010-2011 Creative Growth Art Center and Gallery - Studio and gallery assistant Oakland, CA
The studio serves adult artists with developmental, mental and physical disabilities. Artwork fostered in this center is included in prominent collections and museums worldwide.
2004-2010 Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center/UCSF Emeryville, CA - San Francisco, CA
Preeminent center for the study of the basis of alcohol and substance abuse.
Assistant Research Scientist (2008-2010)
• Applied electrophysiological and optogenetic methodologies to study the role of dopamine neurons in addictive behaviors and generalized anxiety.
Postdoctoral Fellow (2004-2008)
• Applied electrophysiological, optogenetic, molecular, and behavioral approaches to elucidate the long-term effects produced in the brain by acute and chronic exposure to cocaine.
2000-2004 University of Bologna and Eli Lilly Research Laboratories Bologna, Italy - Indianapolis, IN Graduate student
• Applied biochemical and electrophysiological methods to investigate molecular and cellular mechanisms of memory formation;
• Conducted neuropharmacological studies to determine potential neuroprotective and antiepileptogenic effects of candidate drugs (Eli Lilly).
• Speaks fluent Italian and English, intermediate level Spanish;
• TED translator (English to Italian);
• 5-time US Champion (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010) and World Champion (2008, 2010) with Ultimate Frisbee Women’s team San Francisco Fury (Team USA in 2008);
Madhavan A, Argilli E, Bonci A, Whistler J (2013). Loss Of D2 Dopamine Receptor Function Modulates Cocaine-Induced Glutamatergic Synaptic Potentiation In The Ventral Tegmental Area. J Neurosci. Print in progress.
Güler AD, Rainwater A, Parker JG, Jones GL, Argilli E, Arenkie BR, Ehlers MD, Bonci A, Zweifel LS, Palmiter RD (2012). Remote, rapid, robust, and reversible activation of neural subtypes via selective capsaicin receptor expression in transgenic mice. Nat Communications 3:746.
Zweifel LS, Fadok JP, Argilli E, Garelick MG, Jones GL, Dickerson TM, Allen JM, Mizumori SJ, Bonci A, Palmiter RD (2011). Activation of dopamine neurons is critical for aversive conditioning and prevention of generalized anxiety. Nat Neurosci 14:620-6.
Ungless MA, Argilli E, Bonci A (2010). Effects of stress and aversion on dopamine neurons: implications for addiction. Neurosci Biobehav Rev 35:151-6.
Bonci A, Argilli E (2008). A proposed mechanism for the reversal of cocaine-induced synaptic plasticity in the VTA. Neuropsychopharmacology 33:198–208
Argilli E, Sibley DR, Malenka RC, England PM, Bonci A (2008). Mechanism and time course of cocaine-induced long-term potentiation in the ventral tegmental area. J Neurosci 28:9092-100.
Zweifel LS, Argilli E, Bonci A, Palmiter RD (2008). Role of NMDA receptors in dopamine neurons for plasticity and addictive behaviors. Neuron 59:486-96.
Schilstrom B, Yaka R, Argilli E, Suvarna N, Schumann J, Chen BT, Carman M, Singh V, Mailliard WS, Ron D, Bonci A (2006). Cocaine enhances NMDA receptor-mediated currents in ventral tegmental area cells via dopamine D5 receptor-dependent redistribution of NMDA receptors. J Neurosci 26:8549-58.
Aicardi G, Argilli E, Cappello S, Santi S, Riccio M, Thoenen H, Canossa M (2004). Induction of long-term potentiation and depression is reflected by corresponding changes in secretion of endogenous brain-derived neurotrophic factor. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 101:15788-92.
Areas of Expertise
Neuroscience, Nutrition & Health, Sport Performance
I'm passionate about
Neuroscience, Nutrition, Sport Physiology, Human Behaviors