Connecting European Neuroscience

Camilla Bellone

Member of CARE (2016 - 2018)

Curriculum Vitae

Professional and academic career

1998-2002: Research fellow                             

Laboratory Prof. Monica Di Luca      

Department of Pharmacological Science

Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Milano, Italy 

2002-2006: Visiting student                                                        

Laboratory Prof. Christian Lüscher

Department Basic Neuroscience

University of Geneva, Switzerland

2006-2007: Postdoctoral fellow                

Laboratory Prof. Roger Nicoll, Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology

UCSF, San Francisco, California, USA

2007-2011: Maître Assistante

Laboratory Prof. Christian Lüscher, Department Basic Neuroscience

University of Geneva, Switzerland

2011-2014: Scientist (Ambizione Fellow 2010)

Department Basic Neuroscience, University of Geneva, Switzerland

2014 (May 1st)- 2016 (April 30th): Assistant Professor SNSF

Department Fundamental Neuroscience, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Assistant Professor Tenure-Track SNSF since May 2016:  

Department Basic Neuroscience, University of Geneva, Switzerland 

Honours and awards

2004: Swiss Society for Neuroscience travel fellowship

2010: FENS/IBRO travel grant

2010: Ambizione grant from Swiss National Science Foundation

2012: Gertrude Von Meissner Foundation prize

2014: 2014 Fondation du Prix Pfizer de la Recherche

2015: FENS-KAVLI network of Excellence 

General administrative and organizational experiences

  • Reviewer for Nat. Neurosci., J. Neuroscience, Neuroscience, Addiction Biology, Neural Plasticity, Frontiers, PNAS
  • Editorial Board Scientific Report
  • Responsible of the unit “Comment notre environnement influence-t-il la prise de drogue?” Brain week, University of Geneva
  • Member of the FENS-KAVLI network of excellence
  • Evaluation committee (EvCo) for the SNSF Advanced Postdoc.Mobility fellowships (domain Medicine)

Research interests

Synaptic deficits have emerged as key factors in several neuropsychiatric disorders including Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) and schizophrenia. Importantly, while these disorders are different in many ways, they share social dysfunction as one of the major deficit. In the laboratory, combining molecular approaches with in vitro and in vivo electrophysiology, optogenetic and pharmacogenetic methods and behavioral paradigms, we aim to dissect the neurobiology underlying social dysfunctions.

Selected publications

Sebastiano Bariselli, Stamatina Tzanoulinou, Christelle Glangetas, Clément Prévost-Solié, Luca Pucci, Joanna Viguié, Paola Bezzi, Eoin C O’Connor, François Georges, Christian Lüscher & Camilla Bellone

SHANK3 controls maturation of social reward circuits in the VTA

Nat. Neurosci. Nat Neurosci. 2016 Jul;19(7):926-34. I.F. 15.5

Kehoe LA, Bellone C, De Roo M, Zandueta A, Dey PN, Pérez-Otaño I, Muller D.

GluN3A promotes dendritic spine pruning and destabilization during postnatal development.

J Neurosci. 2014 Jul 9;34(28):9213-21. I.F. 6.91

Gabrielle Pouchelon, Frédéric Gambino, Camilla Bellone, Christian Lüscher, Anthony Holtmaat, Denis Jabaudon.

Rewiring of distinct thalamocortical inputs instructs the modality-specific identity of postsynaptic L4 neurons.

Nature. 2014 Jul 24;511(7510):471-4 I.F. 38.6

Yuan T., Mameli M., O’ Connor E.C., Dey P.N., Verpelli C., Sala C., Perez-Otano I., Lüscher C. and Bellone C..

Expression of cocaine-evoked synaptic plasticity by GluN3A-containing NMDA receptors.

Neuron, 2013 Nov 20;80(4):1025-38.  I.F. 15.7

Pierre Paoletti, Camilla Bellone and Qiang Zhou

NMDA receptor subunit diversity: impact on receptor properties, synaptic plasticity and disease

Nat. Rev. Neurosci. 2013 Jun;14(6):383-400 I.F. 30.4

De la Rossa A*, Bellone C*, Golding B, Vitali I, Moss J, Toni N, Lüscher C, Jabaudon D.

In vivo reprogramming of circuit connectivity in postmitotic neocortical neurons

Nat. Neurosci. 2013 Feb;16(2):193-200  I.F. 15.5

Bellone C., Mameli M., Lüscher C.

In utero exposure to cocaine delays postnatal synaptic maturation of glutamatergic transmission in the VTA.

Nat. Neurosci. 2011 Oct 2;14(11):1439-46. I.F. 15.5

Mameli M., Bellone C., Brown M. and Lüscher C.

Cocaine inverts rules for synaptic plasticity of glutamate transmission in the ventral tegmental area.

Nat. Neurosci. 2011 Apr;14(4):414-6. I.F. 15.5

Bellone C. and Nicoll R.

Rapid bidirectional switching of synaptic NMDA receptors

Neuron, 2007 Sep 6; 55(5):779-85 I.F. 15.7

Bellone C. and Lüscher C.

Cocaine triggered AMPA receptor redistribution is reversed in vivo by mGluR-dependent long-term depression.

Nat. Neurosci. 2006 May; 9(5):636-41. I.F. 15.5

Camilla Bellone

Camilla Bellone
University of Geneva, Department of Basic Neurosciences
Rue Michel-Servet 1
1211 Geneve (Switzerland)