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Maddalena Comini

Post Doctoral Research Fellow

After completing my PhD in cellular biophysics at the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centre, I joined the lab of Prof. David Bennett at NDCN (Oxford), where I am studying the role of VGSC Nav1.7 and calcium-permeable TRPA1 in painful channelopathies. To pursue my research, I am using a multi-disciplinary approach, involving electrophysiological (patch clamp and MEA multi-electrode arrays) and molecular biology techniques. My aim is to get a better understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying pain perception and sensitivity, in different systems (HEK293T cells, DRG and human iPSC-d sensory neurons), to finally identify novel therapeutic targets.

I am also a Fellow Tutor at Somerville College, where I teach Neurophysiology to 1st year Experimental Psychology undergraduates. At NDCN, I organise tutorials in Systems Neurosciences for 2nd and 3rd year Medical students. Finally, I try to promote science and physiology-related research as Representative at NDCN for the Physiological Society, an international community which brings together scientists from a multicultural and diverse background.

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