The Bianchi lab
The Bianchi lab

Laura Bianchi

University of Florence, Italy; PhD in Physiology; May 1997

University of Milan, Italy, BS/MS in Biochemistry, 1990-1992



Department of Physiology and Biophysics, University of Miami, Miami, FL, Associate Professor, 2013-present. Tenured, June 2015-present.              


Department of Physiology and Biophysics, University of Miami, Miami, FL, Assistant Professor (tenure-earning track), 2006-2013.                 


Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ, Assistant Professor (research track), 2001-2006.                 


Department of Medicine, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, (Supervisor: Alfred L. George Jr.), 1998-2001.                      


Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, Junior Researcher, (Supervisor: Arthur M. Brown), 1997-1998.



Professional and honorary Organizations:


2012-present    Member, Society for Neuroscience

2000-present    Member, Biophysical Society

2014                 Member, Genetics Society of America


Honors and awards


U-Choose SEEDS award (2010)

"Biophysics, a male-dominated scientific discipline: a woman's perspective"

Laura Bianchi, PI


FASI Award (Faculty Academic Service Increment) in recognition of the quality of service to the University - 2004 and 2005.


Postdoctoral fellowships awarded:

National Kidney Foundation Fellowship Grant, 1999-2001.

American Heart Association Fellowship Grant, 1998-2000.


Grant reviewer:


  • NIH Sensory and Motor Neuroscience Cognition and Perception Fellowship Study Section F02B, - 2014-present.
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), -2015.
  • The Children Tumor Foundation, the Young Investigator Award (YIA), - 2013-present.
  • NIH Somatosensory and Chemosensory Systems Study Section, - 2012.
  • NSF, - 2011.
  • Swiss National Science Foundation, - 2010.
  • American Cancer Society, - 2009-2010.
  • NIH Biophysics of Neuronal Systems study section, - 2008-2009.


Served on scientific meeting committees:


  • Session chair and abstract selection committee, C. elegans meeting - 2012, 2009 and 2008.
  • Invited speaker and session chair at FASEB Summer Research Conference - Ion Channel Regulation, - 2011.




3 Postdocs, 7 PhD students, 12 rotating graduate students, 4 medical students, and 9 undergraduate students. 




University Committee and Administrative Responsibilities




2012-present  Member of Graduate Studies Committee, Department of Physiology and Biophysics.

2007-2008       Member of Faculty Search Committee, Department of Physiology and Biophysics.

2006-present  Invited and hosted 6 outside speakers.


Graduate School:

2014-present  Chair, Neuroscience Curriculum committee.

2013-present  Member, Graduate Program in Biomedical Science (PIBS) Admission committee.

2011-present  Member, Neuroscience Steering Committee.

2010                Mentor at a postdoctoral fellows mentoring event organized by SEEDS.

2009-present  Member, Neuroscience Curriculum Committee. Chair since 2014.

2008                Member, Neuroscience Center seminar speaker selection committee.
2007                Member, Unified Admission Committee: researched and evaluated the pros and cons of a unified admission and unified core courses for the graduate program in biomedical sciences. 



2016-present  Conflict of Interest committee.


Community Activities:


2017                Poster judge at the University of Miami MD/PhD symposium.

2013-present  Poster judge at the University of Miami Annual Neuroscience Research day.

2011-2013       Poster judge at the International and Neuro C. elegans meeting.

2009                Poster judge at University of Miami Undergraduate Research    symposium.

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