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Eleonora Napoli- BS, PhD
Assistant Project Scientist
Molecular Biosciences

3011 VM3B
Davis, CA 95616

+1 530 752 1038


Research Focus

My research focuses on the role of mitochondrial deficits in neurodegenerative diseases like Huntington's disease, FXTAS, and Friedreich's Ataxia, but also on the involvement of OXPHOS dysfunction in neurodevelopment disorders like autism.

Specialty Focus



2004 PhD Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Padova, Padova Italy
1998 BS Biological Sciences, University of Padova, Padova, Italy

Active Research Grants

Collaborator, Environmental exposure unveils mitochondrial dysfunction in autism, Giulivi (Principal Investigator), Simons Foundation

Assistant Researcher, Harnessing midgut mitochondrial dynamics to enhance Anopheles mosquito fitness, Cecilia Giulivi (Principal Investigator), National Institute of Health (NIH)

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Link Icon 2014 Napoli E, DueƱas N, Giulivi C Potential therapeutic use of the ketogenic diet in autism spectrum disorders Front Pediatr,
  • Link Icon 2014 Napoli E, Wong S, Hertz-Picciotto I, Giulivi C Deficits in bioenergetics and impaired immune response in granulocytes from children with autism Pediatrics,
  • Link Icon 2013 Napoli E, Wong S, Giulivi C Evidence of reactive oxygen species-mediated damage to mitochondrial DNA in children with typical autism Mol Autism,
  • Link Icon 2013 Croft L, Napoli E, Hung CK, St Leger J, Gearhart S, Heym K, Wong S, Sakaguchi D, Lin A, Puschner B, Giulivi C Clinical evaluation and biochemical analyses of thiamine deficiency in Pacific harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) maintained at a zoological facility J Am Vet Med Assoc,
  • Link Icon 2013 Napoli E, Hung C, Wong S, Giulivi C Toxicity of the flame-retardant BDE-49 on brain mitochondria and neuronal progenitor striatal cells enhanced by a PTEN-deficient background Toxicol Sci,
  • Link Icon 2013 Giulivi C, Napoli E, Schwartzer J, Careaga M, Ashwood P Gestational exposure to a viral mimetic poly(i:C) results in long-lasting changes in mitochondrial function by leucocytes in the adult offspring Mediators Inflamm,
  • Link Icon 2013 Shan Y, Schoenfeld RA, Hayashi G, Napoli E, Akiyama T, Iodi Carstens M, Carstens EE, Pook MA, Cortopassi GA Frataxin deficiency leads to defects in expression of antioxidants and Nrf2 expression in dorsal root ganglia of the Friedreich's ataxia YG8R mouse model Antioxid Redox Signal,
  • Link Icon 2013 Luckhart S, Giulivi C, Drexler AL, Antonova-Koch Y, Sakaguchi D, Napoli E, Wong S, Price MS, Eigenheer R, Phinney BS, Pakpour N, Pietri JE, Cheung K, Georgis M, Riehle M Sustained activation of Akt elicits mitochondrial dysfunction to block Plasmodium falciparum infection in the mosquito host PLoS Pathog,
  • Link Icon 2013 Napoli E, Wong S, Hung C, Ross-Inta C, Bomdica P, Giulivi C Defective mitochondrial disulfide relay system, altered mitochondrial morphology and function in Huntington's disease Hum Mol Genet,
  • Link Icon 2012 Napoli E, Ross-Inta C, Wong S, Hung C, Fujisawa Y, Sakaguchi D, Angelastro J, Omanska-Klusek A, Schoenfeld R, Giulivi C Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Pten Haplo-Insufficient Mice with Social Deficits and Repetitive Behavior: Interplay between Pten and p53 PloS one,