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Roberto De Luca, Ph.D.

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Heinrich-Heine-University, Duesseldorf, GermanyPhD03/2016Molecular Neurophysiology
University “Roma Tre”, Rome, ItalyMSc02/2013Biology, Immunology and Developmental Neuroscience
University “Roma Tre”, Rome, ItalyBSc02/2011Biological Sciences, Microbiology
2014
BCC “Giuseppe Toniolo” MSc degree Award
2015
“Piero Redaelli” MSc degree Award
2016
Travel grant for 10th International Meeting on Rapid Responses to Steroid Hormones (RRSH) 2016
2019
Special Commendation Award in the Young Investigator Awards at the 48th EHRS meeting
2019
Trainee Merit Based Award at the 33rd SRS meeting
2023
Faculty Affiliation to the Division of Sleep Medicine
2023
Adjunct Faculty (Instructor) College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Sciences - Simmons Univ
2023
Full Member of Sigma Xi - The Scientific Research Honor Society

Overview
I am a young neuroscientist at Harvard Medical School, working in the Department of Neurology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. My primary focus is on comprehending the mechanisms and neuronal circuits involved in the brain's control over wake-sleep states and their reciprocal transitions. Through my ongoing experiments, I aim to shed light on the synaptic circuits and neural foundations responsible for regulating arousal and sleep within the brain. My research aims to establish connections between the activity of neurochemically-identified circuits and physiological responses observed in behaving animals.

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  1. 1 R03 NS128993-01A1 (Roberto De Luca) Apr 1, 2023 - Mar 31, 2025
    NIH/BNRS
    The role of neurotensin-expressing neurons of the extended ventrolateral preoptic nucleus in REM sleep regulation
    Role Description: The ventrolateral preoptic (VLPO) nucleus is a key brain area for the generation and the maintenance of sleep, and the extended VLPO region (eVLPO) contains neurons that are active during REM sleep and are REM sleep-promoting. The purpose of this project is to define the long-range circuit basis by which the eVLPO controls REM sleep. Successful completion of the proposed research will contribute to a better understanding of the role of the preoptic region within the circuits for REM sleep regulation.
    Role: PI - Principal Investigator

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Funded by the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences through its Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program, grant number UL1TR002541.