Susanna Rosi, PhD

Director of Neurocognitive Research Departments of Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Science and Neurological Surgery

UCSF Neuroscience Graduate Program

UCSF Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program

UCSF/SFSU Doctor in Physical Therapy Graduate Program

Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center


Current Professional Interests and Activities:

Understand how neuroinflammation affect the molecular infrastructure mediating synaptic plasticity after brain injury, to develop treatments strategies to manage neurocognitive dysfunctions.

Neuroinflammation, synaptic plasticity and cognitive function

Education and Training:

  • 1995-2001     University of Florence, Florence, Italy
  • 2001-2006    University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ


2006-2011University of California, San FranciscoAssistant Professor
2011-presentUniversity of California, San FranciscoAssociate Professor (1 year-Accelerated)
2011-presentBrain and Spinal Injury CenterDirector of Neurocognitive Research


Professional Memberships & Appointments:

Scientific Grant Review Committees:  Alzheimer’s Association, American Federation for Aging Research National Scientific Advisory Council

Board of Directors: Winter Conference on Brain Research

Memberships: Society for Neuroscience, Radiation Research Society,  National Neurotrauma Society, American Society for Neurochemistry, International Society to Advance Alzheimer Research and Treatment


Honors and Awards:

1996-2000Graduate Fellowship, University of Florence, Italy
2000Graduated with Distinction, University of Florence, Italy
2001Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, Department of Pharmacology, University of Florence, Italy
2004Travel Award, Winter Conference on Brain Research
2006Special Award for Research and Career, “Vel l’Etrusco”, Castiglion Fiorentino, Arezzo, Italy


UCSF, Academic Senate Committee on Research - Individual Investigator Award: seed funding


UCSF, Research Evaluation and Allocation Committee Award

2007Tuscany Special Award “Young Talents and Magnificent      Excellences”, Arezzo, Italy
2008 New Investigator Research Grant, from the Alzheimer’s Association
2011 Initiated Investigator Research Grant, Alzheimer’s Association


Susanna Rosi, PhD
Associate Professor
Brain and Spinal Injury Center
1001 Potrero Ave, Bldg. 1, Rm. 101, San Francisco, CA 94110
Phone: 415-206-3708
Fax: 415-206-3948