Giselli Scaini, PharmD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the Faillace Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. With a strong background in translational research, her work is devoted to understanding the intricate interactions between molecular and cellular mechanisms, cognitive impairment, behavioral changes, and neuroanatomical alterations in psychiatric disorders, with a specific emphasis on mood disorders.
Scaini received her PharmD degree in 2008, followed by a master’s degree in 2010, and finally, her PhD in Health Science in 2014 from the University of Southern Santa Catarina (UNESC, Brazil). In 2015, she joined the Faillace Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences as a postdoctoral research fellow, where she further developed her expertise. As an Assistant Professor, Scaini currently collaborates with basic and clinical investigators to understand the causes of these illnesses and identify treatments to improve the lives of patients and their families. She is studying the biological mechanisms, mainly focusing on mitochondria function and environmental factors that contribute to disease progression, poor functional status, and cognitive loss, with the ultimate goal of developing better diagnostic tools, personalized treatments, and an enhanced quality of life for patients.