Alzheimer Research

Mariagnese Barbera
PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher

University of Eastern Finland
Institute of Clinical Medicine / Neurology
P.O.Box 1627 (Yliopistonranta 1C)
FI-70211 Kuopio

+358-(0)40-355 3215
mariagnese.barbera (at)
room: Ca-3045


  • Alzheimer's disease and dementia
  • Risk factors and prevention of AD


  • Postdoctoral researcher, Institute of Clinical Medicine, Neurology, University of Eastern Finland, 2013 - present
  • Postdoctoral researcher, Hutchison-MRC Cancer Unit, University of Cambridge, UK, 2007 - 2013
  • Postdoctoral researcher, CRUK Cambridge Institute, University of Cambridge, UK, March - October 2007


  • PhD (Pharmacology and Toxicology), Department of Pharmacology, University of Padova, Italy, 2007
  • MSc (Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology), Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Padova, Italy, 2003


Ordering of mutations in preinvasive disease stages of esophageal carcinogenesis. Weaver JM, Ross-Innes CS, Shannon N, Lynch AG, Forshew T, Barbera M, Murtaza M, Ong CA, Lao-Sirieix P, Dunning MJ, Smith L, Smith ML, Anderson CL, Carvalho B, O'Donovan M, Underwood TJ, May AP, Grehan N, Hardwick R, Davies J, Oloumi A, Aparicio S, Caldas C, Eldridge MD, Edwards PA, Rosenfeld N, Tavaré S, Fitzgerald RC; OCCAMS Consortium. Nat Genet. 2014 Aug; 46(8):837-43.

The human squamous oesophagus has widespread capacity for clonal expansion from cells at diverse stages of differentiation. Barbera M, di Pietro M, Walker E, Brierley C, MacRae S, Simons BD, Jones PH, Stingl J, Fitzgerald RC. Gut. 2014 Mar 8. [Epub ahead of print]

A review of the current understanding and clinical utility of miRNAs in esophageal cancer. Sakai NS, Samia-Aly E, Barbera M, Fitzgerald RC. Semin Cancer Biol. 2013 Dec;23(6 Pt B):512-21.

Cellular origin of Barrett's metaplasia and oesophageal stem cells. Barbera M, Fitzgerald RC. Biochem Soc Trans. 2010 Apr;38(2):370-3.

Cellular mechanisms of Barrett's esophagus development. Barbera M, Fitzgerald RC. Surg Oncol Clin N Am. 2009 Jul;18(3):393-410.

Immune-modulating and anti-vascular activities of two xanthenone acetic acid analogues: A comparative study to DMXAA. Barbera M, Kettunen MI, Caputo A, Hu DE, Gobbi S, Brindle KM, Carrara M. Int J Oncol. 2009 Jan;34(1):273-9.

The ability of coumarin-, flavanon- and flavonol-analogues of flavone acetic acid to stimulate human monocytes. Barbera M, Caputo A, Zampiron A, Gobbi S, Rampa A, Bisi A, Carrara M. Oncol Rep. 2008 Jan;19(1):187-96.