Lucia Galli-Resta

born Bologna 19 XI 1959

BSc (Physics) University of Pisa

PhD (Neurobiology) Scuola Normale Superiore Pisa

PostDoc Center for Neuroscience University of Pittsburgh

Ricercatore Istituto di Neurofisiologia CNR Pisa




My current research is focused on the development of the visual system, with particular emphasis on the biological processes that pattern the neural tissue and control neuronal death during development.


 International co-ordinator of the Project : CONTROL MECHANISMS OF NEURONAL DEATH (BIO4-CT96-0649) funded by the European Commission within the BIOTECHNOLOGY PROGRAM.



Galli-Resta, L. (2000): Local, possibly contact-mediated signalling restricted to homotypic neurons controls the regular spacing of cells within the cholinergic arrays in the developing rodent retina. Development 127:1499-1508.

Galli-Resta, L. and Novelli, E. (2000): The effects of naturally occurring cell loss on the regularity of the retinal cholinergic  arrays. J. Neurosci. 20:RC60 (1-5).

Galli-Resta, L., Novelli, E., Kryger, Z., Jacobs, G. and Reese, B. (1999): Modelling the Mosaic Organization of Rod and Cone Photoreceptors with a  Minimal Spacing Rule. Eur. J. Neurosci. 11:1438-1446.

Galli-Resta, L., Resta, G., Tan, S.-S. and Reese, B. Mosaic of Islet-1 expressing amacrine cells assembled by short range cellular interactions J. Neurosci. 17, 7831-7838.

Galli-Resta, L. and Ensini, M. An intrinsic time limit between genesis and death of individual neurons in the developing retinal ganglion cell layer J. Neurosci. 16, 2318-2324, 1996.

Galli-Resta, L., Ensini, M., Fusco, E., Gravina, A. and Margheritti, B.: Afferent spontaneous activity promotes survival of target cells in the developing retinotectal system of the rat. J. Neurosci. 13, 243-250, 1993.

Galli-Resta L. and Resta, G.: A quantitative model for the regulation of naturally occurring cell death in the developing vertebrate nervous system. J. Neurosci. 12, 4586-4594, 1992.

Maffei, L. and Galli-Resta, L.: Correlation in the discharges of neighbouring rat retinal ganglion cells during prenatal life. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 87, 2861-2864, 1990.

Galli, L. and Maffei, L.: Spontaneous impulse activity of rat retinal ganglion cells in prenatal life. Science 242, 90-91, 1988.