1985- Degree in Biological Sciences; 1986-Post-Degree fellow, Department of Physiology and Biochemistry, (Transport section), Science Faculty, University of Milan; 1991- Ph.D. Biochemistry; (Proteins and gangliosides interaction in the membrane) 1992-93 Post-doctoral fellow, Department Chemistry and Biochemistry, Medical School, University of Milan; 1994- Researcher , Department Chemistry and Biochemistry, Medical School, University of Milan; 1999- Biochemistry Researcher, Medical School, University of Milano-Bicocca; 2000- Biochemistry Associate Professor, Department of Health Sciences, Medical School, University of Milano-Bicocca (11.1.00); 2013 Director of Master of Nutrition
The scientific interests of Prof Paola Palestini, in the last years, are addressing to 2 principals topics: a. Function and structure of lipid rafts in nervous system using in vitro model (rat cerebellar granule and hippocampal cells), focusing the attention on the microdomains containing the Prion and Amyloid Proteins. b. Effect of air pollution (particular matter, PM) on health. In particular in correlation to cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases. For these studies are used both in vivo models (mouse) and in vitro model (alveolar, endothelial and neuronal cells in culture).She is member of scientific committee the research centre “Polaris” (Polveri in Ambiente e Rischio per la Salute) of the University of Milano-Bicocca, which aims at better investigating nano- and micro-particles in the environment pollutant and their direct impact on human health.