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Born in Padova

1985: Degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technologies,University of Padova

1985-1988 Researcher fellow at the Pharmacological Department of Milano (Supervisor Prof. C.Galli)

1986-1988 Specialization Diploma of School of Pharmacology at the University of Milano

1989-1991: PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dept of Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Padova

1991-1993: Post-Doc Dept of Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Padova

1993-2002: Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry (SSD CHIM-08)

2002-2006: Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry (SSD CHIM-08)

2006-present: Associate Professor of Food Chemistry (SSD CHIM-10)

Member of the Accreditation and Assesment Group for Degree Course in Applied and Pharmaceutical Sciences


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  • at Dipartimento Scienze del Farmaco Via Marzolo 5
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Monoamine oxidase A gene promoter methylation and transcriptional downregulation in an offender population with antisocial personality disorder
Checknita D, Maussion G, Labonté B, Comai S, Tremblay RE, Vitaro F, Turecki N, Bertazzo A, Gobbi G, Côté G, Turecki G.
Br J Psychiatry. 2015 Mar;206(3):216-22

Tryptophan via serotonin/kynurenine pathways abnormalities in a large cohort of aggressive inmates: markers for aggression.
Comai S, Bertazzo A, Vachon J, Daigle M, Toupin J, Côté G, Turecki G, Gobbi G.
Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry. 2016 Oct 3;70:8-16.

Tryptophan metabolism along the kynurenine and serotonin pathways reveals substantial differences in colon and rectal cancer Crotti S, Bedin C, Fassan M., Pucciarelli S.,Nitti D., Bertazzo A., Agostini M.
Metabolomics, 2017, 13, 148-157

Complete list of pubblications:
Antonella Bertazzo in Padua Research Archive IRIS (Institutional Research Information System)

Research Area

Research projects are mainly focused on the study of tryptophan metabolism; this amino acid plays an important role in several physiological and energetic processes. Enzymatic activities, i.e. indoleamino 2,3-dioxygenase IDO, tryptophan 2,3-dioxygenase TDO, will be assessed in various pathological conditions concerning SNC, as well as cancer, diabetes and metabolic syndrome. The aim of the research is to identify metabolic alterations, involved and/or associated with pathology induction, and possible diagnostic markers.

Other research lines are related to the analysis of metabolomic and proteomic variations in foods and nutraceutical derivatives in order to characterize their nutritional value and health influence.

Thesis proposals

Topics for experimental thesis:

Tryptophan metabolism "via serotonin and kynurenine pathways" in various pathophysiological conditions
Omics technologies applied to food derivatives

Topics for non experimental thesis:
Food chemistry, Nutritional science, Bioactive constituents, Dietetic products