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Prof. Giuseppe Di Giovanni
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Prof. Giuseppe Di Giovanni

Prof. Giuseppe Di Giovanni


Physiology & Biochemistry
Faculty of Medicine & Surgery
Room 142
Biomedical Sciences Building
University of Malta
contact+356 2340 2776

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He received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Chieti, Italy and was a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University, USA. Previously Senior Lecturer of Human Physiology at the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, University of Palermo, and Associate Professor at the University of Malta, from 2013 he is Professor of Human Physiology at the Medical School of the University of Malta. His research focuses on understanding the pathophysiology of monoaminergic systems using electrophysiological and neurochemical approach. He has published more than 120 peer-reviewed papers, edited 7 books and 6 special issues of various journals. H-index score (36) and number of citation (more than 4363) (as of December 2017, Source = He is the Coordinator of the Malta Neuroscience Network and the Vice-President of the Mediterranean Neuroscience Society (MPS). He is the Editor-in-Chief of the prestigious Journal of Neuroscience Methods by Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands and the book series "The Receptors" by Springer, USA ( and serves as associate editor for the CNS Neuroscience and Therapeutics by Wiley.

Neurophysiology Lab Research Group
Mr Pierucci Massimo (MT)
Dr Gergely Orban (Uni Pa, IT)
Dr Roberto Colangeli (IT, visiting researcher)
Ms Caitlin Davies, UK visiting student (Cardiff Uni)
Mr Francis Delicata (Master Student)
Ms Jeanette Magrin (Master Student)
Mr Abela Norbert (Master Student)

International Grants
R&I-2013-014, entitled ‘Closed-loop Serotonin Optogenetic Stimulation with EEG recording to Suppress Epileptic Seizures: A Therapeutic Device’ € 150000 PI, GDG (AAT MT and Cardiff UK external partners). 3 years (11/2014- 10/2017)
Epilepsy Research UK grant N. P1202 entitled 'Serotonergic modulation of tonic GABA A inhibition: pathophysiological and therapeutic implications for absence seizures'. 3 years 150000£
Physiological Society UK. International Senior Research Grant. Dopamanine Neuronal ensemble recordings in freely moving rats. 7000£
PON (programmi operativi nazionali), Italy. "Polo Cyberbrain". Consortium (NEUROMED, IEMEST, Fondazione Nerone di Roma) 5,000,000 €

Research Interests & Publications

Research Interests

  • Neuroscience
  • Biological Psychiatry
  • Neurophysiology
  • Electrophysiology
  • Experimental Neurology


Honorary Senior Lecturer
Cardiff School of Biosciences,
Life Sciences Building,
Museum Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3AX
Tel.: +44 2920875150 (direct)
+44 29 208 74986 (fax)

Head of the Neuroscience Department
Istituto Euro Mediterraneo di Scienza e Tecnologia (I.E.ME.S.T.), Palermo, Italy〈=en

for the Series: “The Receptors”
Springer-Verlag, NY, USA

Malta Chamber of Scientists

Associate Editor - Journal Neuroscience Methods (Elsevier)
Editorial Board - CNS Neuroscience and Therapeutics (Wiley-Blackwell)

Malta Chamber of Scientists
Society for Neuroscience
International Basal Ganglia Society
Italian Society of Physiology
New York Academy of Sciences
British Physiological Society


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