Paola Bezzi

Paola Bezzi’s lab is interested in studying neuro-glia interactions.

Recent publications demonstrate that astrocytes are involved in key functions of the brain such as the control of cerebral blood flow, synapse formation and can release chemical transmitters to modulate neuronal function.

For several years her work has been focused on cellular and molecular mechanisms governing astrocytic glutamate release in brain regions where neurotransmission is likewise mainly glutamatergic. She now intends to study astrocytes in other brain regions (in particular in monoaminergic pathways), to discover whether and eventually how they contribute to the regulation brain homeostasis, neuronal excitability and synaptic plasticity.

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Function in NCCR

  • Principal Investigator (PI)

Intern/Extern: Intern


Bezzi Paola

Maitre d’Enseignement et de Recherche (Group Leader) at the Department of Cell Biology and Morphology (DBCM), University of Lausanne


  • Ph.D. in Pharmacology at the University of Milan, Italy
  • M.Sc. in Biology at the Universities of Pavia, Italy, and Zurich

Selected memberships

  • Federation of European Societies of Neuroscience
  • American Society for Neuroscience
  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Italian Society of Neuroscience

Selected awards

  • Symposium chair, VII European Meeting of Glial Cell Function in Health and Disease, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2005)
  • Symposium chair, 6th Meeting of the German Society of Neuroscience, Goettingen, Germany (2005)
  • Best presentation price, Italian Society of Neuroscience (1998)