Chiara Zuccato graduated cum laude in Biological Sciences at the University of Insubria (Varese) in 1998. In 2005, she obtained her PhD in Biotechnologies applied to Pharmacology at the University of Milan. For several periods (2005–2006) she was a researcher at the University of Leeds (UK), and since 2006 she has been based at the University of Milan’s Department of Biosciences.
Chiara has been working on Huntington’s disease for many years and has authored more than 40 papers in international journals such as Nature Neuroscience (2012), Nature Genetics (2003), Science (2001), Journal of Neuroscience (2007). A new research area, focussing on the role of metalloprotease and disintegrin ADAM10 in Huntington’s disease, received funding from Telethon Foundation in 2013.
Since 2002, Chiara has participated as an invited speaker at national and international congresses organized by the Italian Society for Neuroscience, the Italian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the Italian Society of Pharmacology, the Federation of European Neuroscience (FENS) and the Physiological Society, and has participated in workshops in Italy and abroad.
In 2004 she was recognised by the Association “Ricerca in Movimento” (Rome) for her research on Huntington’s disease. In 2006, she was awarded with “Le Scienze” Prize for Medicine and the Gold Medal for scientific merit from the President of the Italian Republic.
Since 2008 she has been a scientific advisor to the Italian Huntington’s Disease Association (A.I.C.H.) in Milan and is dedicated to activities supporting patients’ families.
She was entitled to courses at the Faculty of Pharmacy at University of Milan (A.A. 2008/2009, A.A. 2010/2011 and A.A. 2011/2012). In 2013/14 she will teach “Pharmacology, Toxicology and Nutrition” at the Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Milan, and since 2012 has taught abroad at the Faculty of Pharmacy at Catholic University “Our Lady of Good Counsel” (Albania). She has tutored 16 students in the preparation of their experimental theses and she was assistant-supervisor for 11 graduation theses.