Allegra Conti

Assistant Professor

Macro-area: Fisica Applicata, didattica e storia della Fisica


Allegra Conti, Assistant Professor of Medical Physics at UNITOV, earned her master’s degree in Physics from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and her PhD from the University G. D’Annunzio, where she ranked as the best student of the year.

During her Eurotalents post-doctoral fellowship at CEA-Paris Saclay, she worked on “Ultrasound aided delivery of theranostic agents to glioblastoma”.

Allegra has received numerous awards, including the MSCA Seal of Excellence, the Under 35 Award, and the Best Oral Presentation Award. She serves on the editorial board of Frontiers in Physics, Frontiers in Physiology, and Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine.

Project funded

  • Ricerca Finalizzata (Starting Grant). Anno 2020. Ruolo nel progetto: PI.
  • GIDRM Mobility Grant. Anno: 2019. Ruolo nel progetto: PI
  • Fellowship Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action Enhanced Eurotalent-ICF. Anno: 2016. Ruolo nel progetto: PI


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Last 5 articles (PubMed)

  • Interception of vertically approaching objects: temporal recruitment of the internal model of gravity and contribution of optical information

    Introduction: Recent views posit that precise control of the interceptive timing can be achieved by combining on-line processing of visual information with predictions based on prior experience. Indeed, for interception of free-falling objects under gravity's effects, experimental evidence shows that time-to-contact predictions can be derived from an internal gravity representation in the vestibular cortex. However, whether the internal gravity model is fully engaged at the target motion outset...

  • Preliminary Evidence of the Differential Expression of Human Endogenous Retroviruses in Kawasaki Disease and SARS-CoV-2-Associated Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children

    Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) is a postinfectious sequela of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), with some clinical features overlapping with Kawasaki disease (KD). Our research group and others have highlighted that the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 can trigger the activation of human endogenous retroviruses (HERVs), which in turn induces inflammatory and immune reactions, suggesting HERVs as contributing factors in COVID-19 immunopathology. With...

  • Multishell diffusion MRI reveals whole-brain white matter changes in HIV

    Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and diffusion kurtosis imaging (DKI) have been previously used to explore white matter related to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. While DTI and DKI suffer from low specificity, the Combined Hindered and Restricted Model of Diffusion (CHARMED) provides additional microstructural specificity. We used these three models to evaluate microstructural differences between 35 HIV-positive patients without neurological impairment and 20 healthy controls who...

  • Dynomics: A Novel and Promising Approach for Improved Breast Cancer Prognosis Prediction

    Traditional imaging techniques for breast cancer (BC) diagnosis and prediction, such as X-rays and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), demonstrate varying sensitivity and specificity due to clinical and technological factors. Consequently, positron emission tomography (PET), capable of detecting abnormal metabolic activity, has emerged as a more effective tool, providing critical quantitative and qualitative tumor-related metabolic information. This study leverages a public clinical dataset of...

  • Expression profile of HERVs and inflammatory mediators detected in nasal mucosa as a predictive biomarker of COVID-19 severity

    INTRODUCTION: Our research group and others demonstrated the implication of the human endogenous retroviruses (HERVs) in SARS-CoV-2 infection and their association with disease progression, suggesting HERVs as contributing factors in COVID-19 immunopathology. To identify early predictive biomarkers of the COVID-19 severity, we analyzed the expression of HERVs and inflammatory mediators in SARS-CoV-2-positive and -negative nasopharyngeal/oropharyngeal swabs with respect to biochemical parameters...


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