Mercurio Sara, PhD

The activity is focused on the following research lines

Health research area BtBs UNIMIB

Genetic Diseases, Neurodegenerative and neurological diseases, Stem cells and Regenerative Medicine


Sox2, mouse, hippocampus, visual system, neurons, neural stem cells

Selected articles

Mercurio S.#, Alberti C., Serra L., Meneghini S., Berico P., Bertolini J., Becchetti A. and Nicolis S.K. # An early Sox2-dependent gene expression program required for hippocampal dentate gyrus development. Open Biol. 2021 Feb;11(2):200339. doi: 10.1098/rsob.200339. # corresponding author.

Mercurio S., Serra L., Motta A., Gesuita L., Sanchez Arrones L., Inverardi F., Foglio B., Barone C., Kaimakis P., Martynoga B., Ottolenghi S., Studer M., Guillemot F., Frassoni C., Bovolenta P., Nicolis S.K. Sox2 acts in thalamic neurons to control the development of retina-thalamus-cortex connectivity. iScience 15, 257–273, May 31, 2019. Contributed to journal cover.

Bertolini J.A. *, Favaro R. *, Zhu Y. *, Pagin M., Ngan C.Y., Wong C.H., Tjong H., Vermunt M.W., Martynoga B., Barone C., Mariani J., Cardozo M.J., Tabanera N., Zambelli F., Mercurio S., Ottolenghi S., Robson P., Creyghton M.P., Bovolenta P., Pavesi G., Guillemot F., Nicolis S.K., Wei C.L. Mapping the Global Chromatin Connectivity Network for Sox2 Function in Neural Stem Cell Maintenance. Cell Stem Cell. 2019 Mar 7;24(3):462-476. (* joint first authors). DOI:

Cerrato V. *, Mercurio S. *, Leto K. *, Fucà E., Hoxha E., Bottes S., Pagin M., Milanese M., Ngan C-Y, Concina G., Ottolenghi S., Wei C-L., Bonanno G., Pavesi G., Tempia F., Buffo A. and Nicolis S.K. Sox2 conditional mutation in mouse causes ataxic symptoms, cerebellar vermis hypoplasia, and postnatal defects of Bergmann glia. Glia 2018, Sep;66(9):1929-1946. (* joint first authors).

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last update: July 2021