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Emma Maggiolini graduated in Biological Science at Department of Biology and Evolution, University of Ferrara in 2004 investigating the genomic markers for periodontitis, using single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) association studies. From 2005 to 2008 she accomplished her PhD studies in Neurophysiology at the Biomedical Sciences and Advanced Department, University of Ferrara, under the supervision of Gianfranco Franchi. During her PhD she investigated the organization of motor cortex representation patterns following interhemispheric diaschisis or peripheral denervation by a combination of techniques including intracortical microstimulation (ICMS) mapping, tracer injections and histological tissue processing. From 2008 to 2012 she worked as post-doc in the Robotics, Brain & Cognitive Sciences Department of the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), at the Brain Machine Interface project under the supervision of Prof. Luciano Fadiga. During her post-doc she collaborated with Prof. Ferdinando A. Mussa-Ivaldi (Northwestern University, Chicago) on the development of a new type of bi-directional Brain-Machine Interface (BMI) and with Davide Ricci (Soft Materials lab, IIT) on the improvement of intracortical neural recording through the nanocoatings of metal microelectrodes, based on Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs). In 2012, she has a Research Technologist position in the Brain Machine Interface group. Currently, she is a Researcher/Technologist @ the Center for Translational Neurophysiology in Ferrara, coordinated by Luciano Fadiga, in the , and she is following the project on the development of epi- and intra-cortical microelectrode arrays using nanomaterials based coating for a better extraction of the neural signal and biological coatings for an increased biocompatibility of the neural implants to produce a novel neuroprosthetic devices for human subjects.

Selected Publications

Original Scientific Papers:

Vomero M., Castagnola E., Maggiolini E., Ciarpella F., Rembado I., Goshi N., Fadiga L., Kassegne S., Ricci D. (2016) “A Direct Comparison of Glassy Carbon and PEDOT-PSS for High Charge Injection and Low Impedance Neural Interfaces”, Scientific Reports in press

Viaro R., Bonazzi L., Maggiolini E., Franchi G. (2016) “Cerebellar Modulation of Cortically Evoked Complex Movements in Rats” Cerebral Cortex,. p. 1-17, ISSN: 1047-3211, doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhw167

Castagnola E*., Maggiolini E*., Ceseracciu L., Ciarpella F., Zucchini E., De Faveri S., Fadiga L., Ricci D. (2016) “pHEMA Encapsulated PEDOT-PSS-CNT Microsphere Microelectrodes for Recording Single Unit Activity in the Brain” Frontiers in Neuroscience, vol. 10, pp. 151-165, ISSN: 1662-453X, doi: 10.3389/fnins.2016.00151

Castagnola E., Ansaldo A., Maggiolini E., Ius T., Skrap M., Ricci D., Fadiga L. (2014) “Smaller, softer, lower-impedance electrodes for human neuroprosthesis: A pragmatic approach” Frontiers in Neuroengineering, vol. 7, ISSN: 1662-6443, doi: 10.3389/fneng.2014.00008

De Faveri S., Maggiolini E., Miele E., De Angelis F., Cesca F., Benfenati F., Fadiga L (2014) “Bio-inspired hybrid microelectrodes: A hybrid solution to improve long-term performance of chronic intracortical implants” Frontiers in Neuroengineering, vol. 7, 10.3389/fneng.2014.00007, ISSN: 1662-6443, doi: 10.3389/fneng.2014.00007

Veronesi, C.; Maggiolini, E.; Franchi, G. (2013) Whisker motor cortex reorganization after superior colliculus output suppression in adult rats. Eur J Neurosci. 38(8): 3169-3180

Castagnola, E.; Ansaldo, A.; Maggiolini, E.; Angotzi, G.N.; Skrap, M.; Ricci, D.; Fadiga, L. (2013) Biologically Compatible Neural Interface To Safely Couple Nanocoated Electrodes to the Surface of the Brain. ACS Nano 7(5): 3887-3895

Bonfanti, A.; Ceravolo, M.; Zambra, G.; Gusmeroli, R.; Baranauskas, G.; Angotzi, G.N.; Vato, A.; Maggiolini, E.; Semprini, M.; Spinelli, A.S.; Lacaita, A.L. (2012) A Multi-Channel Low-Power System-on-Chip for in Vivo Recording and Wireless Transmission of Neural Spikes. J. Low Power Electron. Appl. 2(4): 211-241

Vato, A.; Semprini, M.; Maggiolini, E.; Szymanski, F.D.; Fadiga, L.; Panzeri, S.; Mussa-Ivaldi, F.A. (2012)
Shaping the Dynamics of a Bidirectional Neural Interface.PLoS Comput Biol 8(7): e1002578

Baranauskas, G.; Maggiolini, E.; Vato, A.; Angotzi, G.N.; Bonfanti, A.; Zambra, G.; Spinelli, A.; Fadiga, L. (2012)
The origins of 1/f2 scaling in the power spectrum of intra-cortical local field potential. Journal of Neurophysiology 107: 3.984-994

Baranauskas, G.*; Maggiolini, E.*; Castagnola, E.; Ansaldo, A.; Mazzoni, A.; Angotzi, G.N.;
Vato, A.; Ricci, D.; Panzeri S.; Fadiga, L. (2011) (*equal contribution)
Carbon nanotube coating of neural microelectrodes preferentially improves the multiunit signal-to noise ratio. Journal of Neural Engineering 8: 066013

Ansaldo, A.; Castagnola, E.; Maggiolini, E.; Fadiga, L.; Ricci, D. (2011)
Superior Electrochemical Performance of Carbon Nanotubes Directly Grown on Sharp Microelectrodes.ACS Nano 5: 2206-2214

Bonfanti, A.; Zambra, G.; Baranauskas, G.; Angotzi, G. N.; Maggiolini, E.; Semprini, M.; Vato, A.; Fadiga, L.; Spinelli, A. S.; Lacaita, A.L. (2011)
A wireless microsystem with digital data compression for neural spike recording. Microelectronic Engineering 88: 1672-1675

Mussa-Ivaldi, F.A.; Alford, S.T.; Chiappalone, M.; Fadiga, L.; Karniel, A.; Kositsky, M.; Maggiolini, E.; Panzeri, S.; Sanguineti, V.; Semprini, M.; Vato, A. (2010)
New perspectives on the dialogue between brains and machines Frontiers in Neuroscience 4: 44-52

Maggiolini, E; Viaro, R; Franchi, G. (2008)
Suppression of activity in the forelimb motor cortex temporarily enlarges forelimb representation in the homotopic cortex in adult rats.Eur J Neurosci. 27: 2733-46

Maggiolini, E.; Veronesi, C.; Franchi; G. (2007)
Plastic changes in the vibrissa motor cortex in adult rats after output suppression in the homotopic cortex.Eur J Neurosci. 25:3678-90

Veronesi, C.; Maggiolini, E.; Franchi, G. (2006)
Postnatal development of vibrissae motor output following neonatal infraorbital nerve manipulation.Exp Neurol. 200:332-42

Franchi, G., Maggiolini, E.; Muzzioli, V., Guandalini, P. (2006) The vibrissal motor output following severing and repair of the facial nerve in the newborn rat reorganizes less than in the adult. Eur J Neurosci. 23:1547-58.

Conference Proceedings:
 

Castagnola E.,  Marrani M., Maggiolini E.,  Maita F., Pazzini L., Polese D., Pecora A., Maiolo L., Fortunato G., Fadiga L., Ricci D. (2016) “Recording High Frequency Neural Signals Using Conformable and Low-Impedance ECoG Electrodes Arrays Coated with PEDOT-PSS-PEG” ADVANCES IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, vol 102, pp.77-85, ISSN: 1662-0356, doi: 10.4028/www.scientific.net/AST.102.77

Vomero M., Castagnola E., Maggiolini E., Ciarpella F., Rembado I., Goshi N., Fadiga L., Kassegne S., Ricci D. (2016) “A Direct Comparison of Glassy Carbon and PEDOT-PSS Electrodes for High Charge Injection and Low Impedance Neural Interfaces” ADVANCES IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, vol 102, pp.68-76, ISSN: 1662-0356, doi: 10.4028/www.scientific.net/AST.102.68

Angotzi GN., Baranauskas G., Vato A., Bonfanti A., Zambra G., Maggiolini E., Semprini M., Ricci D., Ansaldo A., Castagnola E., Ius T., Skrap M., Fadiga L. (2015) “A compact and autoclavable system for acute extracellular neural recording and brain pressure monitoring for humans” IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON BIOMEDICAL CIRCUITS AND SYSTEMS, vol. 9, p. 50-59, ISSN: 1932-4545, doi: 10.1109/TBCAS.2014.2312794

Castagnola E., Maiolo L., Maggiolini E., Minotti A., Marrani M., Maita F., Pecora A., Angotzi GN., Ansaldo A., Boffini M., Fadiga L., Fortunato G., Ricci D. (2015) “Pedot-cnt-coated low-impedance, ultra-flexible, and brain-conformable micro-ECoG arrays” IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON NEURAL SYSTEMS AND REHABILITATION ENGINEERING, vol. 23, p. 342-350, ISSN: 1534-4320, doi: 10.1109/TNSRE.2014.2342880

Castagnola E., De Faveri S., Ansaldo A., Maggiolini E., Benfenati F., Ricci D., Fadiga L. (2015) “Nanostructured microsphere coated with living cells and tethered with low-stiffness wire: A possible solution to brain tissue reactions” In: 2015 7th International IEEE/EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering (NER). INTERNATIONAL IEEE/EMBS CONFERENCE ON NEURAL ENGINEERING, vol. 2015-July, p. 390-393, NEW YORK:IEEE, 345 E 47TH ST, NEW YORK, NY 10017 USA., ISSN: 1948-3546, Montpellier, FRANCE, APR 22-24, 2015, doi: 10.1109/NER.2015.7146641

Castagnola, E.; Maiolo, L.; Maggiolini, E.; Minotti, A.; Marrani, M.; Maita, F.; Pecora, A.; Angotzi, G.N.;  Ansaldo, A.; Fadiga, L.; Fortunato, G.; Ricci, D. (2013) Ultra-flexible and brain-conformable micro-electrocorticography device with low impedance PEDOT-carbon nanotube coated microelectrodes. 6th Annual International IEEE/EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering San Diego, CA, USA. Pages: 927-930

De Faveri, S.; Maggiolini, E.; Miele, E.; De Angelis, F.; Fadiga, L.*; Benfenati, F.* (*equal contribution) (2013) Improve Longterm Performance of Chronic Intracortical Implants by Bioinspired Microprobes. FENS Featured Regional Meeting, Prague (Czech Republic), poster presentation

De Faveri, S.; Maggiolini, E.; Benfenati, F.*; Fadiga, L.*, (*equal contribution) (2013) Biocompatibility Of Intracortical Microelectrodes: How Can We Improve It?.  European Neuroscience Conference by Doctoral Students "encods" , Bordeaux (France), poster presentation

Maggiolini, E.; Ansaldo, A.; Castagnola, E.; Angotzi, G. N.; Mazzoni, A.; Semprini, M., Vato, A.; Bonfanti, A.; Zambra, G.; Spinelli, A. S.; Panzeri, S.; Ricci, D.; Fadiga, L. (2012) PPy-CNTs coating increases the sensitivity of extracellular neuronal recordings in vivo.  Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, New Orleans (LA), poster presentation

Castagnola, E.; Ansaldo, A.; Maggiolini, E.; Angotzi G. N.; Ricci, D.; Fadiga, L. (2012) Increasing the contact surface of epicortical electrode arrays through nanomaterial coatings and biocompatible hydrogel encapsulation. Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, New Orleans (LA), poster presentation

Maggiolini, E.; Castagnola, E.; Ansaldo, A.; Vato, A.; Fadiga, L.; Ricci, D. (2011) Carbon nanotubes coatings: a new strategy to improve the quality of chronic neuro-implants over time? European Materials Research Society Spring Meeting E-MRS Nice (France), oral presentation

De Faveri, S.; Maggiolini, E.; Benfenati, F.; Fadiga, L. (2011) Study Of The Biocompatibility Of Implantable Devices. 5th Meeting of Young Researchers in Physiology, Genoa (Italy), poster presentation

Castagnola, E.; Ansaldo, A.; Maggiolini, E.; Fadiga L.; and Ricci, D. (2011) Long term electrochemical stability of nanostructured carbon nanotube based coatings for neural microelectrodes. European Materials Research Society Spring Meeting E-MRS Nice (France), poster presentation

Semprini, M.; Maggiolini, E.; Panzeri, S.; Mussa-Ivaldi, F. A.; Fadiga, L.; Vato, A. (2010)
A Parametric Study of Information Transfer between Stimulating and Recording Electrodes in a Closed Loop Brain Machine Interface. Research in Encoding and Decoding of Neural Ensambles  Santorini (Greece), poster presentation

Semprini, M.; Szymanski, F.; Maggiolini, E.; Mussa-Ivaldi, F. A.; Fadiga, L; Panzeri, S.; Vato, A. (2010)
A study of how to optimally transfer information between stimulating and recording electrodes in a closed loop brain machine interface. Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience San Diego (CA), poster presentation

Vato, A.; Semprini, M.; Maggiolini, E.; Fadiga, L; Panzeri, S; Mussa-Ivaldi, F. A. (2010) 
Dynamic shaping: A new paradigm for bidirectional brain-machine interfaces. Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience San Diego (CA), poster presentation

Castagnola, E.; Ansaldo, A.; Maggiolini, E.;Baranauskas, G.; Vato, A.; Panzeri S.;Fadiga L.; Ricci, D. (2010)
Microelectrode for brain machine interface applications: can carbon nanotubes provide an ideal solution? Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience San Diego (CA), poster presentation

Bonfanti, A.; Zambra, G.; Baranauskas, G.;Angotzi, G. N.; Maggiolini, E.; Semprini, M.; Vato, A.; Spinelli, A.S.; Lacaita, A.L. (2010)
A Wireless Microsystem With Digital Data Compression For Neural Spike Recording. 36th International Conference on Micro and Nano Engineering Genova (IT), poster presentation

Semprini, M.; Maggiolini, E.; Bennicelli, L.; Vato, A. 
(2009) A parametric study of intracortical microstimulation of the somatosensory cortex in behaving rodents.  Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience Chicago (IL), poster presentation

Bonfanti, A.; Zambra, G.; Borghi, T.; Spinelli, A. S.; Angotzi, G. N.; Baranauskas, G.; Maggiolini, E.; Semprini, M.; Vato, A.; Oliynyk, A.; Torazza, D.; Budai, R.; Skrap, M.; Tomasino, B.; Fadiga, L. (2009)
A compact 8-channel system for multi-unit recordings with an autoclavable headstage developed for human brain tumor boundary detection. Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience Chicago (IL), poster presentation

Baranauskas, G.; Bonfanti, A.; Zambra, G.; Angotzi, G. N.; Maggiolini, E.; Semprini, M.; Vato, A.; Spinelli, A. S. (2009)
The design of high quality compact integrated multichannel systems for multi unit recording from small laboratory animals. Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience Chicago (IL), poster presentation

Maggiolini, E., Veronesi, C., Franchi, G. (2007)
Vibrissal motor cortex short-term plasticity after homotopic cortex inactivation in adult rats. National Congress of the Italian Society for Neuroscience (SINS) Verona, poster presentation.

Maggiolini, E., Viaro, R., Franchi, G. (2006) Short-Term forelimb motor cortex (FM1) plasticity after inactivation of the corresponding cortex in the opposite hemisphere. 57° National Congress of the Physiological Society of Italy (SIF) Ravenna, oral presentation. Abstract, Published in ACTA PHYSIOLOGICA 188:16

Maggiolini, E., Franchi, G. (2005) Vibrissal motor cortex (vM1) reorganization after cortical motor lesion in the opposite hemisphere. 56° National Congress of the Physiological Society of Italy (SIF) Palermo, poster presentation.  Abstract, Published in ACTA PHYSIOLOGICA SCANDINAVICA 186:159
 

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