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Paola Bovolenta obtained her PhD degree at the New York University, School of Medicine, NY and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University, Center for Neurobiology and Behaviour, NY. She then moved to the Instituto Cajal, CSIC, Madrid, and then to the Center for Molecular Biology Severo Ochoa, where she is currently working. She has been Visiting Scholar at the Biotecnology Department (DIBIT) of the Fondazione San Raffaele in Milan and in the École normale supérieure in Paris. She served as Head and Deputy Head of the Biology and Biomedicine Area of the Spanish Research Council (CSIC), Adjoined Manager for Molecular Biology at the National Evaluation Agency (ANEP). She was member the Communication/Publication Committee of FENS, of the International Affairs Committee of the Society for Neuroscience and of the Telethon Scientific Board. She currently serves in the Scientific Advisory Board of the ERA-NET NEURON Program and is a member of the SAB of Institut de la Vision in Paris and of the IDBM in Marseille. She is European Editor of the journal Developmental Neurobiology and member of the editorial board of different journals. She is member of EMBO. Her research interests focus on understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying early development of the nervous system with particular emphasis on those processes that may lead to congenital defects and neurodegenerative diseases.

Mandate ERC Scientific Council: 01 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2020 (1st term)