Dr. Dr. Francesco Roselli

AG Neuronal Networks in Neurology

Position: Groupleader

Adresse: Helmholzstr.8/2

89081 Ulm

Tel.: ++49-731-500-63147


Positions and Employment

2014:            Group Leader, dept. of Neurology and dept. of Anatomy, University of Ulm-School of Medicine, Ulm, Germany

                     Visiting Scientist, Friedrich Miescher Institute, Basel, Switzerland

2010 -2014:  Postodoctoral Fellow at Friedrich Miescher Institute

2010:            Doctoral degree (PhD) in Experimental Neurobiology

2007-2010:   Graduate student in Experimental Neurobiology, at Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Munich, Germany

2007:            Research Trainee in optical and electron microscopy at the Institute of Pathology, Helmholtz Center Munich, Neuherberg, Germany.

2001-2006:   Board qualification in Neurology, Bari University School of

1995-2001:   Degree in Medicine, University of Bari School of Medicine.


2014-2016    Synapsis Foundation Grant

2011-2013    European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) long-term fellowship

2008-2010    Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry (MPIP) fellowship

2006-2007    Vigoni Fellowship (Conferenza dei Rettori delle Università Italiane, CRUI)

2001              Medal of Excellence, University of Bari

Further links:

SFB1149 “Danger Response, Disturbance Factors and Regenerative Potential after Acute Trauma” webpage:  http://www.uni-ulm.de/en/einrichtungen/crc-1149.html

Google Scholar bibliometrics: http://scholar.google.it/citations?user=y1tszcMAAAAJ&hl=it


We explore the properties, structure and activity of neuronal circuits and networks in brain and spinal cord in neurodegeneration (mainly motoneuron disease) and in other related neurological conditions such as traumatic brain injury. We exploit cutting edge viral vectors, genetic and chimica-genetic approaches, transgenic models to control and manipulate neuronal and non-neuronal components of neuronal networks in brain and spinal cord structures.

We exploit a similarly large array of technologies to study how neuronal network structure and function (and their pathological modifications) affect the onset, the propagation, the progression and the associated features (such as inflammation) of neurodegenerative conditions and related disorders.



1: Vogl AM, Brockmann MM, Giusti SA, Maccarrone G, Vercelli CA, Bauder CA, Richter JS, Roselli F,  Hafner AS, Dedic N, Wotjak CT, Vogt-Weisenhorn DM, Choquet D, Turck CW, Stein V, Deussing JM, Refojo D. Neddylation inhibition impairs spine development, destabilizes synapses and deteriorates cognition. Nature Neuroscience, 2015 Feb;18(2):239-51

2: Roselli F, Caroni P. Modeling Neuronal Vulnerability in ALS. Neuron. 2014 Aug 20;83(4):758-760.

3: Saxena S*, Roselli F*, Katyayani S,Leptien K, Julien JP, Gros-Louis F, Caroni P. Endogenous neuroprotection signaling through excitability and mTOR required in motoneurons to ameliorate disease process and extend survival in ALS mice. Neuron. 2013 Oct 2;80(1):80-96. *equal contribution  Neuron preview

4: Yang S*, Roselli F*, Patchev AV, Yu S, Almeida OF. Non-receptor tyrosine kinases integrate fast glucocorticoid signaling in hippocampal neurons. J Biol Chem. 2013 Aug 16;288(33):23725-39. *equal contribution

5: Tsolakidou A, Alexopoulos P, Guo LH, Grimmer T, Westerteicher C, Kratzer M, Jiang M, Bujo H, Roselli F, Leante MR, Livrea P, Kurz A, Perneczky R. β-Site amyloid precursor protein-cleaving enzyme 1 activity is related to cerebrospinal fluid concentrations of sortilin-related receptor with A-type repeats, soluble amyloid precursor protein, and tau. Alzheimers Dement. 2013 Jul;9(4):386-91.

6: Roselli F, Caroni P. A circuit mechanism for neurodegeneration. Cell. 2012 Oct 12;151(2):250-2.

7: Roselli F. Down syndrome DSCR1 causes spine pathology via the Fragile X-related protein FMRP. EMBO J. 2012 Sep 12;31(18):3647-9.

8: Roselli F, Caroni P. Life-or-death decisions upon axonal damage. Neuron. 2012 Feb 9;73(3):405-7.

9: Alexopoulos P, Tsolakidou A, Roselli F, Arnold A, Grimmer T, Westerteicher C, Leante MR, Förstl H, Livrea P, Kurz A, Perneczky R. Clinical and neurobiological  correlates of soluble amyloid precursor proteins in the cerebrospinal fluid. Alzheimers Dement. 2012 Jul;8(4):304-11.

10: Roselli F, Livrea P, Almeida OF. CDK5 is essential for soluble amyloid β-induced degradation of GKAP and remodeling of the synaptic actin cytoskeleton. PLoS One. 2011;6(7):e23097.

11: Liu J, Chang L, Roselli F, Almeida OF, Gao X, Wang X, Yew DT, Wu Y. Amyloid-β induces caspase-dependent loss of PSD-95 and synaptophysin through NMDA receptors. J Alzheimers Dis. 2010;22(2):541-56.

12: Roselli F, Pisciotta NM, Aniello MS, Niccoli-Asabella A, Defazio G, Livrea P, Rubini G. Brain F-18 Fluorocholine PET/CT for the assessment of optic pathway glioma in neurofibromatosis-1. Clin Nucl Med. 2010 Oct;35(10):838-9.

13: Roselli F, Pisciotta NM, Pennelli M, Aniello MS, Gigante A, De Caro MF, Ferrannini E, Tartaglione B, Niccoli-Asabella A, Defazio G, Livrea P, Rubini G. Midbrain SERT in degenerative parkinsonisms: a 123I-FP-CIT SPECT study. Mov Disord. 2010 Sep 15;25(12):1853-9.

14: Roselli F, Pisciotta NM, Perneczky R, Pennelli M, Aniello MS, De Caro MF, Ferrannini E, Tartaglione B, Defazio G, Rubini G, Livrea P. Severity of neuropsychiatric symptoms and dopamine transporter levels in dementia with Lewy bodies: a 123I-FP-CIT SPECT study. Mov Disord. 2009 Oct 30;24(14):2097-103.

15: Roselli F, Hutzler P, Wegerich Y, Livrea P, Almeida OF. Disassembly of shank and homer synaptic clusters is driven by soluble beta-amyloid(1-40) through divergent NMDAR-dependent signalling pathways. PLoS One. 2009 Jun 23;4(6):e6011.

16: Martino D, Muglia M, Abbruzzese G, Berardelli A, Girlanda P, Liguori M, Livrea P, Quattrone A, Roselli F, Sprovieri T, Valente EM, Defazio G. Brain-derived neurotrophic factor and risk for primary adult-onset cranial-cervical dystonia. Eur J Neurol. 2009 Aug;16(8):949-52.

17: Roselli F, Tartaglione B, Federico F, Lepore V, Defazio G, Livrea P. Rate of  MMSE score change in Alzheimer's disease: influence of education and vascular risk factors. Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2009 May;111(4):327-30.

18: Roselli F, Livrea P, Jirillo E. Voltage-gated sodium channel blockers as immunomodulators. Recent Pat CNS Drug Discov. 2006 Jan;1(1):83-91. Review.

19: Roselli F, Livrea P, Defazio G, Manobianca G, Ardito B, Gentile MA, Pisciotta MN, Rubini G. Holmes' tremor associated to HSV-1 cerebral pedunculitis: a case report. Mov Disord. 2007 Jun 15;22(8):1204-6.

20: Roselli F, Russo I, Fraddosio A, Aniello MS, De Mari M, Lamberti P, Livrea P, Defazio G. Reversible Parkinsonian syndrome associated with anti-neuronal antibodies in acute EBV encephalitis: a case report. Parkinsonism Relat Disord. 2006 May;12(4):257-60.

21: Roselli F, Tirard M, Lu J, Hutzler P, Lamberti P, Livrea P, Morabito M, Almeida OF. Soluble beta-amyloid1-40 induces NMDA-dependent degradation of postsynaptic density-95 at glutamatergic synapses. J Neurosci. 2005 Nov30;25(48):11061-70. JNeurosci highlight

22: Roselli F, De Tommaso M, Stella Aniello M, Livrea P, Defazio G. Blepharospasm in bardet-biedl syndrome: a case report. Eur Neurol. 2002;48(4):230-2.

23: Defazio G, Abbruzzese G, Girlanda P, Vacca L, Currà A, De Salvia R, Marchese R, Raineri R, Roselli F, Livrea P, Berardelli A. Botulinum toxin A treatment for  primary hemifacial spasm: a 10-year multicenter study. Arch Neurol. 2002 Mar;59(3):418-20.

24: Defazio G, Livrea P, Giorelli M, Martino D, Roselli F, Ricchiuti F, Trojano M. Interferon beta-1a downregulates TNFalpha-induced intercellular adhesion molecule 1 expression on brain microvascular endothelial cells through a tyrosine kinase-dependent pathway. Brain Res. 2000 Oct 27;881(2):227-30.

Book chapters

1: Roselli F, Defazio G, Livrea P, Jirillo E (2010) “Voltage-gated sodium channel blockers as immunomodulators”, in Frontiers in CNS drug discovery (eISBN: 978-1-60805-159-5, 2010), Bentham Science Publishers.

2: Roselli F, Jirillo E, (2004) “Immunopharmacology: a guide to novel therapeutic tools”, Encyclopedia of Biological, Physiological and Health Sciences, in Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), Developed under the Auspices of the UNESCO, Eolss Publishers, Oxford ,UK, [http://www.eolss.net]