Caterina Michetti

Post Doc

Research Lines



Largo Rosanna Benzi,10 16132 Genova Italy
+39 010 5558 534


Education and Appointments

05/2015-present - Postdoc, Center for Synaptic Neuroscience (NSYN), Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

11/2014-04/2015 - Visiting Research at Psychiatry Centre, MRC Social, Genetic & Developmental, King's College London, London (UK)

 02/2015PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology, La Sapienza University of Rome, Rome (IT)

10/2011 - Master Degree in Neurobiology, La Sapienza University of Rome, Rome (IT)

12/2009 - Bachelor Degree in Biology, La Sapienza University of Rome, Rome (IT)


Development of mouse behavioral tasks relevant for the study of normal and pathological neurodevelopment in different transgenic mouse lines. In particular, characterization of motor, cognitive and social communication deficits in mouse models of autism and epilepsy. 

IIT Publications

  • 2018
  • Suetterlin P., Hurley S., Mohan C., Riegman K.L.H., Pagani M.iit, Caruso A., Ellegood J., Galbusera A.iit, Crespo-Enriquez I., Michetti C.iit, Yee Y., Ellingford R., Brock O., Delogu A., Francis-West P., Lerch J.P., Scattoni M.L., Gozzi A.iit, Fernandes C., Basson M.A.

    Altered neocortical gene expression, brain overgrowth and functional over-connectivity in chd8 haploinsufficient mice

    Cerebral Cortex, vol. 28, (no. 6), pp. 2192-2206
  • Valente P., Romei A.iit, Fadda M., Sterlini B.iit, Lonardoni D.iit, Forte N.iit, Fruscione F., Castroflorio E.iit, Michetti C.iit, Giansante G., Valtorta F., Tsai J.W., Zara F., Nieus T., Corradi A.iit, Fassio A.iit, Baldelli P.iit, Benfenati F.iit

    Constitutive inactivation of the PRRT2 gene alters short-term synaptic plasticity and promotes network hyperexcitability in hippocampal neurons

    Cerebral Cortex
  • Scattoni M.L., Michetti C.iit, Ricceri L.

    Rodent Vocalization Studies in Animal Models of the Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Handbook of Behavioral Neuroscience, vol. 25, pp. 445-456
  • 2017
  • Piccini A., Castroflorio E.iit, Valente P., Guarnieri F.C., Aprile D., Michetti C.iit, Bramini M.iit, Giansante G., Pinto B.iit, Savardi A.iit, Cesca F.iit, Bachi A., Cattaneo A., Wren J.D., Fassio A.iit, Valtorta F., Benfenati F.iit, Giovedi S.

    APache Is an AP2-Interacting Protein Involved in Synaptic Vesicle Trafficking and Neuronal Development

    Cell Reports, vol. 21, (no. 12), pp. 3596-3611
  • Michetti C.iit, Corradi A.iit, Benfenati F.iit

    PRRT2, a network stability gene

    Oncotarget, vol. 8, (no. 34), pp. 55770-55771
  • Whittaker D.E., Riegman K.L.H., Kasah S., Mohan C., Yu T., Sala B.P., Hebaishi H., Caruso A., Marques A.C., Michetti C., Smachetti M.E.S., Shah A., Sabbioni M., Kulhanci O., Tee W.-W., Reinberg D., Scattoni M.L., Volk H., McGonnell I., Wardle F.C., Fernandes C., Basson M.A.

    The chromatin remodeling factor CHD7 controls cerebellar development by regulating reelin expression

    Journal of Clinical Investigation, vol. 127, (no. 3), pp. 874-887
  • Michetti C.iit, Caruso A., Pagani M.iit, Sabbioni M., Medrihan L.iit, David G.iit, Galbusera A.iit, Morini M.iit, Gozzi A.iit, Benfenati F.iit, Scattoni M.L.

    The Knockout of Synapsin II in Mice Impairs Social Behavior and Functional Connectivity Generating an ASD-like Phenotype

    Cerebral Cortex, vol. 27, (no. 10), pp. 5014-5023
  • Michetti C.iit, Castroflorio E.iit, Marchionni I.iit, Forte N.iit, Sterlini B., Binda F.iit, Fruscione F., Baldelli P.iit, Valtorta F., Zara F., Corradi A.iit, Benfenati F.iit

    The PRRT2 knockout mouse recapitulates the neurological diseases associated with PRRT2 mutations

    Neurobiology of Disease, vol. 99, pp. 66-83
  • 2016
  • Ricceri L., Michetti C., Scattoni M.L.

    Mouse Behavior and Models for Autism Spectrum Disorders

    Neuronal and Synaptic Dysfunction in Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disability, pp. 269-293, Publisher: Elsevier Inc.
  • Avvisati R., Contu L., Stendardo E., Michetti C., Montanari C., Scattoni M.L., Badiani A.

    Ultrasonic vocalization in rats self-administering heroin and cocaine in different settings: Evidence of substance-specific interactions between drug and setting

    Psychopharmacology, vol. 233, (no. 8), pp. 1501-1511
  • 2014
  • Huang H.iit, Michetti C., Busnelli M., Manago F.iit, Sannino S.iit, Scheggia D.iit, Giancardo L.iit, Sona D.iit, Murino V.iit, Chini B., Scattoni M.L., Papaleo F.iit

    Chronic and acute intranasal oxytocin produce divergent social effects in mice

    Neuropsychopharmacology, vol. 39, (no. 5), pp. 1102-1114
  • Michetti C., Romano E., Altabella L., Caruso A., Castelluccio P., Bedse G., Gaetani S., Canese R., Laviola G., Scattoni M.L.

    Mapping pathological phenotypes in reelin mutant mice

    Frontiers in Pediatrics, vol. 2, (no. SEP)
  • 2013
  • Romano E., Michetti C., Caruso A., Laviola G., Scattoni M.L.

    Characterization of Neonatal Vocal and Motor Repertoire of Reelin Mutant Mice

    PLoS ONE, vol. 8, (no. 5)


01/2015 - Fellowship "Development travelling fellowship" funded by the Company of Biologists

10/2014 - Travel fellowship "Borsa di Perfezionamento all'estero" (8 months) funded by La Sapienza Università di Roma