Curriculum Docente


Elizabeth Anne Illingworth


Associate Professor


BSc (1980) Applied Zoology, University College of North Wales (UK)

PhD (1991) Experimental Pathology, University of London (UK)


1992 - 1999 Research Associate: Department of Molecular & Human Genetics,

Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.

1999 - 2001 Instructor: Department of Pediatrics (Cardiology), Baylor College of Medicine.

2001 - 2006 Assistant Professor: Department of Pediatrics (Cardiology), Baylor College of Medicine,

2006 - 2010 Adjunct Associate Professor, IBT, TAMHSC, Houston, Texas

2006 - 2010 Associate Telethon Scientist, Dulbecco Telethon Institute, c/o TIGEM, Naples, Italy

2007 - present Associate Professor, University of Salerno, Fisciano, Italy


Molecular basis of psychiatric and behavioral disorders associated with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. The role of the Tbx1 transcription factor in vascular development.


  1. Gentile MT, Russo R, Pastorino O, Cioffi S, Barbieri F, Illingworth E.A, Grieco M, Chambery A, Colucci-D'Amato L. Ruta graveolens water extract inhibits cell-cell network formation in human umbilical endothelial cells via MEK-ERK1/2 pathway. Exp Cell Res. 364:50-58 (2018).

  2. Baldini A, Fulcoli FG, Illingworth E. Tbx1: Transcriptional and Developmental Functions. Current Topics in Developmental Biology 122:223-243 (2017).

  3. Flore, G., Cioffi, S., Bilio, M., Illingworth, E. Cortical development requires mesodermal expression of Tbx1, a gene haploinsufficient in 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. Cerbral Cortex 27(3):2210-2225 (2017).

  4. Flore, G., Di Roberto, G., Parisot, J., Sannino, S., Russo, F., Illingworth, E., Studer, M., De Leonibus, E. Gradient COUP-TFI expression is required for functional organization of the hippocampal septo-temporal longitudinal axis. Cerbral Cortex 27(2):1629-1643 (2017).

  5. Cioffi S, Martucciello S, Fulcoli FG, Bilio M, Ferrentino R, Nusco E, Illingworth E. Tbx1 regulates brain vascularization Human Molecular Genetics. Epub 2013 Aug 14, 23:78-89 (2014).

  6. Toritsuka M, Kimoto S, Muraki K, Landek-Salgado M, Yoshida A, Yamamoto N, Horiuchi Y, Hiyama H, Tajinda K, Keni N, Illingworth E, Iwamoto T, Kishimoto T, Sawa A, Tanigaki K. Deficits in microRNA-mediated Cxcr4/Cxcl12 signaling in neurodevelopmental deficits in a 22q11-deletion syndrome mouse model. PNAS, 110:17552-7 (2013)
  7. R De Cegli, S Iacobacci, G Flore, G Gambardella, L Mao, L Cutillo, M Lauria, J Klose, E Illingworth, S Banfi, D di Bernardo. Reverse engineering a mouse embryonic stem cell-specific transcriptional network reveals a new modulator of neuronal differentiation. Nucleic Acids Research. 41:711-726 (2012)
  8. S Kimoto, K Muraki, M Toritsuka, S Mugikura, K Kajiwara, T Kishimoto, E Illingworth, K Tanigaki. Selective overexpression of Comt in prefrontal cortex rescues schizophrenia-like phenotypes in a mouse model of 22q11 deletion syndrome. Translational Psychiatry. 2:e146, Pag.1-16 (2012).
  9. L. Chen, G. Fulcoli, R. Ferrentino, S. Martucciello, E. A. Illingworth, A. Baldini. Transcriptional Control in Cardiac Progenitors: Tbx1 interacts with the BAF chromatin remodeling complex and regulates Wnt5a. PLoS Genetics, 8(3): e1002571, p. 1-17 (2012)
  10. Earls L, Bayazitov I, Fricke R, Berry R, Illingworth E, Mittleman G, Zakharenko S. Dysregulation of presynaptic calcium and synaptic plasticity in a mouse model of 22q11 deletion syndrome. J. Neuroscience. 30:15843-15855 (2010).
  11. Chen L, MupoA,HuynhT,CioffiS, Woods M, Jin C, McKeehan W, Thompson-Snipes L, Baldini A, Illingworth E. Tbx1 regulates Vegfr3 and is required for lymphatic vessel development. Journal of Cell Biology, 189:417-424 (2010).