Marina Guizzetti, PhD, MS

Affiliate Associate Professor, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences (Primary department)
Affiliate Associate Professor, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences
My main research interest is the identification of novel mechanisms of glia-neuron interactions involved in brain development and neuronal plasticity. The emphasis of my work is on mechanisms of glia-neuron interactions affected by ethanol in the developing brain (implicated in learning and cognitive abnormalities associated with in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders) and in the adult brain (implicated in the alterations of hippocampal functions observed in individuals who abuse alcohol).

Contact Information

Oregon Health & Science University
Department of Behavioral Neuroscience
Portland, OR 97239-
Tel: 503-220-8262


PhD, Toxicology, University of Milan (Italy), 1993
MS, Biology, University of Pavia (Italy), 1987


1) Effect of chronic alcohol and alcohol withdrawal on epigenetic mechanisms regulating the release of the extracellular matrix from astrocytes in the hippocampus and on depressive behavior.
2) Effects of ethanol on cholesterol homeostasis in the developing brain.
3) Effects of ethanol on sulfatases, glycosaminoglycan chains, chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans, and neuritogenesis in the developing brain
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