Cecilia Giulivi is wild about mitochondria, bioenergetics and free radical biochemistry (isn’t everyone?). A professor in the Department of Molecular Biosciences at UC Davis, she has worked on mitochondrial biochemistry since her undergraduate years and, more recently, has focused on the impact of intermediary metabolism in neurobiology.
Dr. Giulivi received her undergraduate and Ph.D. degrees in biochemistry from the University of Buenos Aires. She then moved to the U.S. and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Toxicology, where she later became a research assistant professor. She moved to the University of Minnesota and became an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry. In 2004, she joined the faculty at UC Davis and seems to be staying put.
Dr. Giulivi has enjoyed teaching a wide variety of students over the past 20 years, including high school students (summer internships), undergraduate and graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. She also enjoys writing about her research, which is reflected in her more than 120 publications in peer-reviewed journals. And in her spare time, her groundbreaking work on identifying mitochondrial dysfunction in autistic children has earned her numerous prestigious awards such as one of the National Institute of Environmental Heath Sciences’ Papers of the Year (2011) and the Autism Science Top 10 Achievement Award (2010).