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At the Developmental Psychobiology Lab we conduct research at the crossroad of behavioral sciences, infant research, neuroendocrinology, behavioral epigenetics, and neuroscience. Our major goal is to understand how what happens between us - i.e., human relationships - helps to shape what happens inside us - the neurobiological connections that underlie our neurology, behavior, and phenotype.

We are especially interested in the study of the multi-omic dimensions underlying early human typical and atypical development - including preterm birth, sensory deficit, neurodevelopmental conditions, and other environmental alterations. Specific attention to the first thousand days of life as a crucial sensitive period and to the role of early parent-child interaction in psychobiological meaning-making processes further characterizes our research lines.

We contribute to the UN Sustainable Developmental Goals (SDGs):


Where are we?


University of Pavia

Established in 1361, it is among the most longevous active universities worldwide.


First Italian university to host a Nobel prize winner, Camillo Golgi, 1906, it also features five departments who received the  national ANVUR Excellence rating .

IRCCS Mondino Foundation

This scientific institute is in Pavia, just 30 min driving south from Milan, Italy.


Since 1973, it is recognized by the Italian Ministry of Health for translational research in the field of nervous system diseases, neuroscience, and rehabilitation.

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