Prof.ssa

BORRA Elena

Professore di II fascia
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CURRICULUM VITAE
PERSONAL INFORMATION
Name: Elena Borra
Date of birth: 28 June 1978

EDUCATION
March 15, 2008: PhD in Neuroscience, University of Parma. Title of the thesis “Cortical connections of the macaque anterior intraparietal (AIP) area”.
March 17, 2003: Degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technologies at the University of Parma with a thesis in Molecular Pathology about apoptosis in leukemic cells.

CURRENT POSITION
From Jan. 2017: Associate Professor (Physiology), Department of Medicine and Surgery, University of Parma, Parma, Italy.

PREVIOUS POSITIONS
2014- 2016: Researcher, Department of Neuroscience, University of Parma.
Jan-Dec 2013: Post-doctoral fellow at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), Brain Center for Motor and Social Cognition, Parma.
2009- Jan 2013: Post-doctoral fellow, Department of Neuroscience, University of Parma, with the project “Anatomical and functional organization of the macaque ventral prefrontal cortex” under the supervision of Prof. Giuseppe Luppino.
2008: Fellowship at the Department of Neuroscience University of Parma, with the project “Anatomical and functional organization of the macaque prearcuate (area F5) and postarcuate (area 45) cortex” under the supervision of Prof. Giuseppe Luppino.
2008-2009: Visitor Scientist at RIKEN BSI.
2007-2008: Internship at RIKEN Brain Science Institute (Japan), in the laboratory “Cortical Organization and Systematics”, headed by Dr. Kathleen Rockland.
2004-2007: PhD program in Neuroscience, University of Parma, director Prof. Giacomo Rizzolatti, supervision of Prof. Giuseppe Luppino.
2002-2003: Internship at the Department of Pathology, University of Parma, under the supervision of Prof. Piergiorgio Petronini.

FELLOWSHIPS
Oct 2013: Winner of the competitive call for a researcher position, Department of Neuroscience, University of Parma, Italy.
Feb 2009- Jan 2013: Post-doctoral fellow, Department of Neuroscience, University of Parma, with the project “Anatomical and functional organization of the macaque ventral prefrontal cortex”
2008: Fellowship at the Department of Neuroscience, University of Parma, title “Anatomical and functional organization of the macaque prearcuate (area F5) and postarcuate (area 45) cortex”
2004-2007: PhD fellowship in Neuroscience, University of Parma.

TEACHING ACTIVITIES AND INSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES
From 2014-: Teaching of Physiology in courses of the School of Medicine, University of Parma.
2011-2013: Member of examination committee (Physiology), in courses of the School of Medicine, University of Parma.

SUPERVISION OF GRADUATE STUDENTS AND POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS
From 2017-: member of the board of the PhD school of Neuroscience, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
From 2014-: supervision of undergraduate students of Biology for the preparation of dissertations.
2008-2014: supervision and training of doctoral students enrolled in the PhD program of Neuroscience (University of Parma) and of postdoctoral fellows.

INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATIONS
Wim Vanduffel and Koen Nelissen, fMRI in macaque monkeys, Laboratorium voor Neuroen Psychofysiologie, KU Leuven, BE-3000 Leuven.
Kathleen Rockland, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, 02118.
Javier De Felipe, Instituto Cajal (CSIC) and Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
Yukio Nishimura e Hiroaki Ishida, Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Science, Japan.

PARTICIPATION TO NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS
Official participation as a postdoctoral fellow in the projects PRIN 2008 (2008J7YFNR_002) and PRIN 2010/2011 (2010MEFNF7_005).
Official participation in “Rete Multidisciplinare Tecnologica” Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), 2008-2013.
Collaboration to the national projects: PRIN 2004 (PRIN-2004057380_002) and PRIN 2006 (2006052343_002).
Collaboration to the international projects: Belgian Science Policy Office, Grant IAP P6/29 (2007-2011) and Grant IAP P7/11 (2012-2017); European Commission, Grant Cogsystems FP7-250013 (2010-2015).

GRANTS
2014: FIL (fondo locale per la ricerca di ateneo) competitive call for young researchers, University of Parma
2017: Grant for the organization of the International Meeting “Different elements of primate neural networks in the connectome era”, Università di Parma
2017: Grant call “Sessione erogativa Generale”, Cariparma Foundation
2017: FFABR ANVUR - finanziamento delle attività base di ricerca, MIUR.

INTERNATIONAL MEETING ORGANIZATION
International Workshop for the School of Neuroscience at the “Ettore Majorana” Centre entitled: “Different elements of primate neural networks in the connectome era” June 25-30, 2017, in Erice, Sicily (Italy). Organizers: Elena Borra and Kathleen Rockland.

PARTICIPATION TO INTERNATIONAL ADVANCED SCHOOL
Jan 2011: FENS-IBRO-Hertie Winter School “The system neuroscience of primate hand function: models, mechanisms, rehabilitation and mirror systems”.

INVITED TALKS AND CONFERENCE TALKS
2017: “The lateral grasping network: a neural substrate for generating purposeful hand actions”. Dipartimento di Scienze biomediche e chirurgico specialistiche, Università di Ferrara.
2016: Imaging cell types and ensambles”, Frontiers in Memory Research, NYU,La Pietra, Firenze, 27-29/06/2016
2015: “Anatomo-functional organization of the Prefrontal Cortex” and “Parieto-frontal connections for motor behavior”. The 1st International Conference on Epilepsy and Stereoelectroencephalography (SEEG)”. Canton (China). 16-17/05/2015
2012: “Mirror neurons: electrophysiological and connectional studies”. 21/05/2012 at Humanitas, International Medical School, Rozzano, Milano, Italy.
2011: “Tracing the cortical pathways for action organization: involvement of prefrontal areas 12 and 46”. Primate Neurobiology Meeting, Göttingen, DE. 21-23/03/2011
2009: “Network connectivity of two distinct prefrontal areas 45A and 45B”. 28/04/2009 at Brain Science Institute, RIKEN, Wako-shi, Saitama, Japan.
2007-2008: “Macaque anterior intraparietal (AIP) area: cortical connections and role in linking perception and action”. 12/11/2007 Kinki University, Osaka-sayama, Japan; 13/11/2007 Laboratory for Cognitive Neuroscience, Osaka University, Osaka, Japan. 14/11/2007 Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan. 26/04/2008 Tamagawa University, Brain Science Institute, Tokyo, Japan.

PEER-REVIEWER FOR INTERNATIONAL JOURNALS
Journal of Comparative Neurology; European Journal of Neuroscience; Frontiers in Neuroscience

PUBLICATION METRICS
(data from www.scopus.com) February 2018
Total number of publications: 28
Total number of citations: 1254 in 715 documents
h-index: 16.

PUBLICATIONS
Borra E, Ferroni CG, Gerbella M, Giorgetti V, Mangiaracina C, Rozzi S, Luppino G. 2017. Rostro-caudal Connectional Heterogeneity of the Dorsal Part of the Macaque Prefrontal Area 46. Cerebral Cortex. 2017 Dec 08. https://doi.org/10.1093/cercor/bhx332
Bruni S, Gerbella M, Bonini L, Borra E, Coudé G, Ferrari PF, Fogassi L, Maranesi M, Rodà F, Simone L, Serventi FU, Rozzi S. 2017. Cortical and subcortical connections of parietal and premotor nodes of the monkey hand mirror neuron network. Brain Struct Funct. 2017 Dec 1. doi: 10.1007/s00429-017-1582-0
Caminiti R, Borra E, Visco-Comandini F, Battaglia-Mayer A, Averbeck BB, Luppino G. 2017. Computational Architecture of the Parieto-Frontal Network Underlying Cognitive-Motor Control in Monkeys. eNeuro. eCollection 2017 Jan-Feb. doi: 10.1523/ENEURO.0306-16.2017. Citations: 1.
Borra E, Gerbella M, Rozzi S, Luppino G. 2017. The macaque lateral grasping network: A neural substrate for generating purposeful hand actions. Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 75:65-90. Citations: 6.
Borra E, Luppino G. 2017. Functional anatomy of the macaque temporo-parieto-frontal connectivity. Cortex. 97:306-326. Citations: 2.
Gerbella M, Borra E, Mangiaracina C, Rozzi S, Luppino G. 2016. Corticostriate Projections from Areas of the "Lateral Grasping Network": Evidence for Multiple Hand-Related Input Channels. Cereb. Cortex 221: 59-78. Citations: 4.
Jezzini A, Rozzi S, Borra E, Gallese V, Caruana F, Gerbella M. 2015. A shared neural network for emotional expression and perception: an anatomical study in the macaque monkey. Front Behav Neurosci. 2015 Sep 24;9:243. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2015.00243. eCollection 2015. Citations: 11.
Borra E, Gerbella M, Rozzi S, Luppino G. 2015. Projections from caudal ventrolateral prefrontal areas to brainstem preoculomotor structures and to basal ganglia and cerebellar oculomotor loops in the macaque. Cereb. Cortex 25:748-64. Citations: 5.
Gerbella M, Borra E, Rozzi S, Luppino G. 2014. Connections of the macaque Granular Frontal Opercular (GrFO) area: a possible neural substrate for the contribution of limbic inputs for controlling hand and face/mouth actions. Brain Struct Funct. 2014 Sep 20. doi: 10.1007/s00429-014-0892-8. Citations: 6.
Gerbella M, Baccarini M, Borra E, Rozzi S, Luppino G. 2014. Amygdalar connections of the macaque areas 45A and 45B. Brain Struct. Funct. 219:831-42. Citations: 5.
Borra E, Gerbella M, Rozzi S, Tonelli S, Luppino G. 2014. Projections to the superior colliculus from inferior parietal, ventral premotor, and ventrolateral prefrontal areas involved in controlling goal-directed hand actions in the macaque. Cereb. Cortex 24:1054-65. Citations:22.
Gerbella M, Borra E, Rozzi S, Tonelli S, Luppino G. 2013. Connectional heterogeneity of the ventral part of the macaque area 46. Cereb. Cortex 23:967-87. Citations: 32.
Ichinohe N, Borra E, Rockland K. 2012. Distinct feedforward and intrinsic neurons in posterior inferotemporal cortex revealed by in vivo connection imaging. Sci. Rep. 2:934. Citations: 6.
Borra E, Gerbella M, Rozzi S, Luppino G. 2011. Anatomical evidence for the involvement of the macaque ventrolateral prefrontal area 12r in controlling goal-directed actions. J. Neurosci. 31:12351-63. Citations: 47.
Borra E, Rockland KS. 2011. Projections to early visual areas V1 and V2 in the calcarine fissure from parietal association areas in the macaque. Front. Neuroanat. 5:35. Citations: 24.
Nelissen K, Borra E, Gerbella M, Rozzi S, Luppino G, Vanduffel W, Rizzolatti G, Orban GA. 2011. Action observation circuits in the macaque monkey cortex. J. Neurosci. 31:3743-56. Citations: 96.
Gerbella M, Belmalih A, Borra E, Rozzi S, Luppino G. 2011. Cortical connections of the anterior (F5a) subdivision of the macaque ventral premotor area F5. Brain Struct. Funct. 216:43-65. Citations: 89.
Contini M, Borra E, Gerbella M, Rozzi S, Luppino G. 2010. Thalamic projections to the macaque caudal ventrolateral prefrontal areas 45A and 45B. Eur.J. Neurosci. 32:1337-53. Citations: 14.
Borra E, Belmalih A, Gerbella M, Rozzi S, Luppino G. 2010. Projections of the hand field of the macaque ventral premotor area F5 to the brainstem and spinal cord. J. Comp. Neurol. 518: 2570-2591. Citations: 52.
Borra E, Ichinohe N, Sato T, Tanifuji M, Rockland KS. 2010. Cortical connections to area TE in monkey: hybrid modular and distributed organization. Cereb. Cortex 20:257-270. Citations: 36.
Gerbella M, Belmalih A, Borra E, Rozzi S, Luppino G. 2010. Cortical connections of the macaque caudal ventrolateral prefrontal areas 45A and 45B. Cereb. Cortex 20:141-168. Citations: 87.
Belmalih A, Borra E, Contini M, Gerbella M, Rozzi S, Luppino G. 2009. Multimodal architectonic subdivision of the rostral part (area F5) of the macaque ventral premotor cortex. J. Comp. Neurol. 512:183-217. Citations: 72.
Borra E, Belmalih A, Calzavara R, Gerbella M, Murata A, Rozzi S, Luppino G. 2008. Cortical connections of the macaque anterior intraparietal (AIP) area. Cereb. Cortex 18:1094-1111. Citations: 237.
Belmalih A, Borra E, Contini M, Gerbella M, Rozzi S, Luppino G. 2007. A multiarchitectonic approach for the definition of functionally distinct areas and domains in the monkey frontal lobe. Journal of Anatomy 211:199-211. Citations: 19.
Gerbella M, Belmalih A, Borra E, Rozzi S, Luppino G. 2007. Multimodal architectonic subdivision of the caudal ventrolateral prefrontal cortex of the macaque monkey. Brain Struct. Funct. 212:269-301. Citations: 34.
Gregoriou GG, Borra E, Matelli M, Luppino G. 2006. Architectonic organization of the inferior parietal convexity of the macaque monkey. J. Comp. Neurol. 496:422-451. Citations: 76.
Rozzi S, Calzavara R, Belmalih A, Borra E, Gregoriou GG, Matelli M, Luppino G. 2006. Cortical connections of the inferior parietal cortical convexity of the macaque monkey. Cereb. Cortex 16:1389-1417. Citations: 225.
Fumarola C, La Monica S, Alfieri RR, Borra E, Guidotti GG. 2005. Cell size reduction induced by inhibition of the mTOR/S6K-signaling pathway protects Jurkat cells from apoptosis. Cell Death Differ. 12:1344-1357.Citations: 46.

Book chapters
“Motor Cortex” in Brain Mapping: An Encyclopedic Reference. 2015

Recent Abstracts (2010-2017)
Toschi G, De Santis D, Borra E, Gerbella M, Rozzi S, Luppino G. 2017. Laminar organization of the cortico-striatal projections in the macaque: preliminary data.Workshop: Different elements of primate neural networks in the connectome era” June 25-30, 2017, Erice, Sicily (Italy).
Borra E, Gerbella M, Mangiaracina C, Rozzi S and Luppino G. 2014. Connectional heterogeneity of the macaque dorsal prefrontal area 46 (46d). Program No. 249.12. 2014 Neuroscience Meeting Planner.Washington, DC. Society for Neuroscience (SfN) 2014. Online.
Luppino G, Gerbella M, Rozzi S and Borra E. 2014. Involvement of the macaque prefrontal area 46d in a cortical network for controlling visually guided reaching-grasping movements. Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) Forum, 2014. Italy, IT. Milan, 5-9 July 2014.
Gerbella M, Borra E, Rozzi S and Luppino G. 2013. Connectional evidence for multiple basal ganglia grasping loops in the macaque monkey. Program No. 270.24. 2013 Neuroscience Meeting Planner.San Diego, CA. Society for Neuroscience (SfN) 2013. Online.
Borra E, Gerbella M, Rozzi S, Tonelli S and Luppino G. 2012. Corticotectal projections from ventral premotor, inferior parietal, and ventrolateral prefrontal areas involved in controlling goal-directed hand actions in the macaque monkey. Program No. 185.10. 2012 Neuroscience Meeting Planner. New Orleans, LA. Society for Neuroscience (SfN) 2012. Online.
Luppino G, Gerbella M, Rozzi S, Tonelli S and Borra E. 2012. Projections to the brainstem from the macaque caudal ventrolateral prefrontal cortex. Program No. 371.04. 2012 Neuroscience Meeting Planner. New Orleans, LA. Society for Neuroscience (SfN) 2012. Online.
Gerbella M, Borra E, Rozzi S, Tonelli S and Luppino G. 2012. Cortical connections of architectonically distinct areas of the macaque frontal operculum. Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) Forum, 2012. Barcelona, SP. Program No. 038.13
Gerbella M, Borra E, Rozzi S, Tonelli S and Luppino G. 2011. Topographic organization of the parietal connections of the macaque ventral area 46. Program No. 914.09. 2011 Neuroscience Meeting Planner. Washington, DC. Society for Neuroscience (SfN) 2011. Online.
Borra E, Gerbella M, Rozzi S and Luppino G. 2010. Cortical connections of the ventrolateral prefrontal area 12r of the macaque monkey. Program No. 201.5. 2010. Neuroscience Meeting Planner. San Diego, CA. Society for Neuroscience (SfN) 2010. Online.
Gerbella M, Borra E, Rozzi S and Luppino G. 2010. Anatomical evidence for a possible role of the macaque prefrontal area 12 in action organization and cognitive motor functions. Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) Forum, 2010. Amsterdam, NL. Program No. 051.8
Baccarini M, Borra E, Gerbella M, Rozzi S, Luppino G. 2010. Amygdalo-cortical connections of the caudal ventrolateral prefrontal areas 45A and 45B. Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) Forum, 2010. Amsterdam, NL. Program No. 051.1

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Completion accademic year: 2018/2019

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