Profile picture.

Gaia Olivo

Affiliated to research

Postdoctoral researcher in Martin Lövdén’s team at the Aging Research Center.

About me

My interest lies in brain imaging research, applied to cognitive neuroscience and brain plasticity. I am investigating the effect of acute physical exercise on cognitive performance, cerebral blood flow, and brain structure and functional networks in the elderly, as part of the REBOOT project.

Teaching portfolio

Teacher assistant in the Medical Program, Term 4, for the course "Clinical Medicine" at Uppsala University, 2018-2019.

Teacher assistant and tutor for clinical cases in the Medical Program, Term 3, for the course in "Neurobiology, Homeostasis and Intervention" at Uppsala University, 2017-2019.

Teacher assistant in the Master's Program in Biomedicine, for the course in "Preparation for Research with Focus on New Drug Targets" at Uppsala University, 2017-2019.

Supervisor for thesis projects for students in the Master's Program in Psychology (2), Master's Program in Biomedicine (6), Master's Program in Global Health (2) at Uppsala University, 2017-2019.

Supervisor for 10-weeks research projects for students in the Bachelor's program in Medicine (4), Master's program in Biomedicin (7), guest students (6) at Uppsala University, 2017-2019.



Ph.D., Doctor in Philosophy. I was awarded the PhD in Medical Sciences at the Department of Neuroscience, Uppsala University (Sweden) in 2019. 

M.D., Doctor in Medicine. I graduated in Medicine and Surgery at the Schools of Medicine and Surgery of “Federico II” University (Naples, Italy) in 2015.



Pisanu C, Williams MJ, Ciuculete DM, Olivo G, Del Zompo M, Squassina A, Schiöth HB. “Evidence that genes involved in serine/threonine kinase activity are associated with both bipolar disorder and high BMI.” (Translational Psychiatry 2019; 9: 315; doi:10.1038/s41398-019-0652-x)

Olivo G, Zhukovsky C, Salonen-Ros H, Larsson EM, Brooks SJ, Schiöth HB. “Functional connectivity underlying food caloric content discrimination in female adolescents with atypical AN: The role of somatosensory and salience networks.” (Transl Psychiatry. 2019; 9: 276; doi: 10.1038/s41398-019-0617-0)

Olivo G, Gaudio S, Schiöth HB. “Brain and cognitive development in adolescents with anorexia nervosa: a systematic review of fMRI studies.” (Nutrients 2019, 11(8), 1907; doi: 10.3390/nu11081907)

Gaudio S, Carducci F, Piervincenzi C, Olivo G, Schiöth HC. “Altered thalamo-cortical and occipital-parietal-temporo-frontal white matter connections in eating disorders: A systematic review of diffusion tensor imaging studies.” (J Psychiatry Neurosci. 2019 Apr 17;44(3):1-16. Doi: 10.1503/jpn.180121)

Olivo G, Swenne I, Zhukovsky, C, Tuunainen AK, Saaid A, Salonen-Ros H, Larsson EM, Brooks SJ, Schiöth HC. “Preserved white matter microstructure in adolescent patients with atypical anorexia nervosa.” (Int J Eat Disord. 2019 Jan 24. doi: 10.1002/eat.23012)

Olivo G, Swenne I, Christina Zhukovsky C, Tuunainen AK, Salonen-Ros H, Larsson EM, Gaudio S, Brooks SJ, Schiöth HC. “Reduced resting-state connectivity in areas involved in processing of face-related social cues in adolescents with atypical anorexia nervosa.” (Transl Psychiatry. 2018 Dec 13;8(1):275. doi: 10.1038/s41398-018-0333-1.)

Olivo G, Gour S, Schiöth HB. “Low neuroticism and cognitive performance are differently associated to overweight and obesity: A cross-sectional and longitudinal UK Biobank study.” (Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2018 Nov 12;101:167-174. doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2018.11.014)

Gaudio S, Olivo G, Beomonte Zobel B, Schiöth HB. “Altered cerebellar-insular-parietal-cingular subnetwork in the earliest stages of anorexia nervosa restrictive type: a network based statistic analysis.” (Translational Psychiatry (2018) 8:127 DOI: 10.1038/s41398-018-0173-z)

Olivo G, Latini F, Wiemerslage L, Larsson EM, Schiöth HB. “Disruption of accumbens and thalamic white matter connectivity revealed by diffusion tensor tractography in young men with genetic risk for obesity.” Front Hum Neurosci. 2018 Feb 22;12:75. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2018.00075

Melillo P, Prinster A, Di Iorio V, Olivo G, D’Alterio FM, Cocozza S, Orrico A, Quarantelli M, Testa F, Brunetti A, Simonelli F. “Visual cortex activation in patients with Stargardt disease.” Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2018 Mar 1;59(3):1503-1511. doi: 10.1167/iovs.17-22900.

Cocozza S, Pontillo G, Quarantelli M, Sacca’ F, Riccio E, Costabile T, Olivo G, Brescia Morra V, Pisani A, Brunetti A, Tedeschi E. “Default mode network modifications in fabry disease: A resting-state fmri study with structural correlations.” Hum Brain Mapp. 2018 Jan 9. doi: 10.1002/hbm.23949

Olivo G, Solstrand Dahlberg L, Wiemerslage L, Swenne I, Zhukovsky C, Salonen-Ros H, Larsson EM, Gaudio S, Brooks SJ, Schiöth HB. “Atypical anorexia nervosa is not related to brain structural changes in newly-diagnosed adolescent patients.” Int J Eat Disord. 2018 Jan;51(1):39-45. doi: 10.1002/eat.22805

Cocozza S, Russo C, Pisani A, Olivo G, Riccio E, Cervo A, Pontillo G, Feriozzi S, Veroux M, Battaglia Y, Concolino D, Pieruzzi F, Mignani R, Borrelli P, Imbriaco M, Brunetti A, Tedeschi E Palma G. "Redefining the pulvinar sign in fabry's disease." AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2017 Dec;38(12):2264-2269. doi: 10.3174/ajnr.A5420

Olivo G, Zhou W, Sundbom M, Zhukovsky C, Hogenkamp P, Nikontovic L, Stark J, Wiemerslage L, Larsson EM, Benedict C, Schioth HB. “Resting-state brain connectivity changes in obese women after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery: A longitudinal study.” Scientific Reports 2017 Jul; doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-06663-5

Cocozza S, Olivo G, Riccio E, Russo R, Pontillo G, Ugga L, Migliaccio S, de Rosa D, Feriozzi S, Veroux M, Battaglia Y, Concolino D, Pieruzzi F, Tuttolomondo A, Caronia A, Russo CV, Lanzillo R, Brescia Morra V, Imbriaco M, Brunetti A, Tedeschi E, Pisani A. "Corpus callosum involvement: a useful clue for differentiating fabry disease from multiple sclerosis." Neuroradiology. 2017 Jun;59(6):563-570. doi: 10.1007/s00234-017-1829-8

Olivo G, Wiemerslage L, Swenne I, Zhukowsky C, Salonen-Ros H, Larsson EM, Gaudio S, Brooks SJ, Schiöth HB. “Limbic-thalamo-cortical projections and reward-related circuitry integrity affects eating behavior: a longitudinal DTI study in adolescents with restrictive eating disorders.” PLoS ONE 2017, 12(3). Doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0172129

Wiemerslage L, Islam R, van der Kamp C, Cao H, Olivo G, Ence-Eriksson F, Castillo S, Larsen A, Bandstein M, Solstrand Dahlberg L, Perland E, Gustavsson V, Nilsson J, Vogel H, Schuermann A, Larsson EM, Rask-Andersen M, Benedict C, Schiöth HB. "A DNA methylation site within the KLF13 gene is associated with orexigenic processes based on neural responses and ghrelin levels." Int J Obes (Lond). 2017 Feb 14. doi: 10.1038/ijo.2017.43

Cocozza S, Pisani A, Olivo G, Saccà F, Ugga L, Riccio E, Migliaccio S, Brescia Morra V, Brunetti A, Quarantelli M, Tedeschi E. “Alterations of functional connectivity of the motor cortex in fabry's disease: an rs-fmri study.” Neurology. 2017 May 9;88(19):1822-1829. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000003913.

Wiemerslage L, Zhou W, Olivo G, Stark J, Hogenkamp PS, Larsson E, Sundbom M, Schiöth HB. “A resting-state fMRI study of obese females between pre- and postprandial states before and after bariatric surgery.” Eur J Neurosci. 2016 Oct 8. doi: 10.1111/ejn.13428

Longarzo M, Quarantelli M, Aiello M, Romano M, Del Prete A, Cimminiello C, Cocozza S, Olivo G, Loguercio C, Trojano L, Grossi D. “The influence of interoceptive awareness on functional connectivity in patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome.” Brain Imaging Behav 2016 DOI: 10.1007/s11682-016-9595-5

Pleunie Hogenkamp, Wei Zhou, Linda Dahlberg, Julia Stark, Anna Larsen, Gaia Olivo, Lyle Wiemerslage, Elna-Marie Larsson, Magnus Sundbom, Christian Benedict, and Helgi Schiöth. “Higher resting-state activity in reward-related brain circuits in obese versus normal-weight females independent of food intake.” Int J Obes (Lond). 2016 Jun 28. doi: 10.1038/ijo.2016.105.

Olivo G, Wiemerslage L, Nilsson EK, Solstrand Dahlberg L, Larsen AL, Olaya Búcaro M, Gustafsson VP, Titova OE, Bandstein M, Larsson EM, Benedict C, Brooks SJ, Schiöth HB. “Resting-State Brain and the FTO Obesity Risk Allele: Default Mode, Sensorimotor, and Salience Network Connectivity Underlying Different Somatosensory Integration and Reward Processing between Genotypes.” Front Hum Neurosci 2016 10:52. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2016.00052

Wiemerslage L, Nilsson EK, Solstrand Dahlberg L, Ence-Eriksson E, Castillo S, Larsen AL, Bylund SB, Hogenkamp PS, Olivo G, Bandstein M, Titova OE, Larsson EM, Benedict C, Brooks SJ, Schiöth HB. “An obesity-associated risk allele within the FTO gene affects brain activity for areas important for emotion, impulse control, and reward in response to food images.” Eur J Neurosci 2016 Jan 21. do: 10.1111/ejn.13177.

Olivo G, Melillo P, Sirio C, D’Alterio FM, Prinster A, Testa F, Brunetti A, Simonelli F, Quarantelli M. “Cerebral Involvement in Stargardt’s Disease: A VBM and TBSS Study.” Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2015 Nov; 56(12):7388-97. doi: 10.1167/iovs.15-16899.