Imperial College London

ProfessorSimoneDi Giovanni

Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Medicine

Chair in Restorative Neuroscience



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I hold a Chair in Restorative Neuroscience at Imperial College where I research on the molecular and transcriptional mechanisms that control neuroregeneration. I also hold a post within the NHS as a consultant in Neurology. Previously, since 2006, I worked at the University of Tuebingen, Germany as a Research Group Leader, where I was also a consultant clinician in Stroke and General Neurology.

I did my post-doctoral training in Neuroscience studying gene expression regulation after spinal cord injury at Georgetown University, Washington DC, 2001-2004 where I was also research Instructor (2004-2006). I studied Medicine at La Sapienza University and did my Neurology training at Catholic University, Rome, Italy.

My main area of research is molecular neuroregeneration trying to understand the key molecular mechanisms that control the capacity of axons or adult stem cells to regenerate after central nervous system injuries, including spinal trauma and stroke. In fact, enhancing the regenerative properties of the injured central nervous system may be important to promote recovery of function and limit neurological disability.


Media and significant publications


I have recently had a paper published in Nature Communications, a synopsis of which can be found on the Imperial News Website

This was also covered nationally and internationally in media outlets such as the Naked Scientists's Podcast, the BBC World Service (starting at 45 minutes), the ConversationLaboratory News, the Information Daily and the Mumbai Mirror amongst others. 


Restorative Neuroscience research

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Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Di Giovanni S, Mirabella M, Spinazzola A, et al., 2001, Coenzyme Q10 reverses pathological phenotype and reduces apoptosis in familial CoQ10 deficiency., Neurology, Vol:57, Pages:515-518

Di Giovanni S, Knoblach SM, Brandoli C, et al., 2003, Gene profiling in spinal cord injury shows role of cell cycle in neuronal death., Annals of Neurology, Vol:53, Pages:454-468

Di Giovanni S, Molon A, Broccolini A, et al., 2004, Constitutive activation of MAPK cascade in acute quadriplegic myopathy., Annals of Neurology, Vol:55, Pages:195-206

Di Giovanni S, Faden Ai, Yakovlev A, et al., 2004, Neuronal plasticity after spinal cord injury: identification of a gene cluster driving neurite outgrowth., Faseb J., Vol:19, Pages:153-154

Di Giovanni S, De Biase A, Yakovlev A, et al., 2005, In vivo and in vitro characterization of novel neuronal plasticity factors identified following spinal cord injury., Journal of Biological Chemistry, Vol:280, Pages:2084-2091

Di Giovanni S, Movsesyan V, Ahmed F, et al., 2005, Cell cycle inhibition provides neuroprotection and reduces glial proliferation and scar formation after traumatic brain injury., Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, Vol:102, Pages:8333-8338

Floriddia EM, Rathore KI, Tedeschi A, et al., 2012, p53 Regulates the Neuronal Intrinsic and Extrinsic Responses Affecting the Recovery of Motor Function following Spinal Cord Injury, Journal of Neuroscience, Vol:32, ISSN:0270-6474, Pages:13956-13970

Di Giovanni S, Knights CD, Rao M, et al., 2006, The tumor suppressor protein p53 is required for neurite outgrowth and axon regeneration., EMBO Journal, Vol:25, ISSN:0261-4189, Pages:4084-4096

Tedeschi A, Nguyen T, Puttagunta R, et al., 2009, A p53-CBP/p300 transcription module is required for GAP-43 expression, axon outgrowth, and regeneration., Cell Death Differ, Vol:16, Pages:543-554

Tedeschi A, Di Giovanni S, 2009, The non-apoptotic role of p53 in neuronal biology: enlightening the dark side of the moon., Embo Rep, Vol:10, Pages:576-583

Gaub P, Tedeschi A, Puttagunta R, et al., 2010, HDAC inhibition promotes neuronal outgrowth and counteracts growth cone collapse through CBP/p300 and P/CAF-dependent p53 acetylation., Cell Death Differ, Vol:17, Pages:1392-1408

Lindner R, Puttagunta R, Di Giovanni S, 2013, Epigenetic regulation of axon outgrowth and regeneration in CNS injury: the first steps forward., Neurotherapeutics, Vol:10, Pages:771-781

Forsberg K, Wuttke A, Quadrato G, et al., 2013, The tumor suppressor p53 fine-tunes reactive oxygen species levels and neurogenesis via PI3 kinase signaling., J Neurosci, Vol:33, Pages:14318-14330

Tedeschi A, Nguyen T, Steele SU, et al., 2009, The tumor suppressor p53 transcriptionally regulates cGKI expression during neuronal maturation and is required for cGMP-dependent growth cone collapse., J Neurosci, Vol:29, Pages:15155-15160

Gaub P, Joshi Y, Wuttke A, et al., 2011, The histone acetyltransferase p300 promotes intrinsic axonal regeneration, Brain, Vol:134, ISSN:0006-8950, Pages:2134-2148

Puttagunta R, Schmandke A, Floriddia EM, et al., 2011, RA-RAR-β counteracts myelin-dependent inhibition of neurite outgrowth via Lingo-1 repression, Journal of Cell Biology, Vol:193, ISSN:0021-9525, Pages:1147-1156

Quadrato G, Benevento M, Alber S, et al., 2012, Nuclear factor of activated T cells (NFATc4) is required for BDNF-dependent survival of adult-born neurons and spatial memory formation in the hippocampus, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Vol:109, ISSN:0027-8424, Pages:E1499-E1508

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