Emiliana Borrelli was born and grew up in Naples, Italy. She obtained a PhD in biological science at the University of Naples in the 1980s. After her PhD, she left Italy for postdoctoral training, first in Strasbourg, France, and then at the Salk Institute in the USA. In 1989, she returned to Europe, obtaining a permanent position at the INSERM in France and starting her own research group. She was Directeur de Recherche I at the Institut de Génétique et de Biologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire in Strasbourg. She is now Director and Professor of the Inserm-UC Irvine International Joint Research Unit at UC Irvine, CA
Emiliana’s first love is neurobiology. She is currently pursuing this with two research projects. The first is based on the study of the dopaminergic system in health and disease, with a particular focus on signalling by dopamine D2 receptors. The second project is a study of the role of myelinating glial cells in CNS development.