I graduated in Biological Sciences in 2001 at the Federico II University, Naples, Italy working on the Central and peripheral control of “patterning” of the cromatophores in Loligo vulgaris.
I received my PhD in Applied Biology in the 2004 at the Federico II University, Naples, Italy working on the organization of the higher motor centers in Octopus vulgaris.
From 2004 to 2006 I was PostDoc in the lab of Prof. Benjamin Hochner at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem working on the electrophysiology of the Octopus CNS and arm.
From 2007 to 2012 I was PostDoc at the Department of Neuroscience and Brain Technologies, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genova, Italy.
Currently I'm Researcher at the Department of Neuroscience and Brain Technologies, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia working in the field of motor control of hyper-redundant limbs.
The aim of my research is to investigate the properties of the Octopus arm sensory-motor systems, the muscle mechanics, structure and molecular determinant of muscle formation with a special focus on their application in the bio-robotic field. I carry on two main research lines aiming at (i) elucidating the mechanisms of neural control and coordination of muscle cell ensembles with particular attention to their implementation in a bio-robotic environment; (ii) deciphering the molecular determinant of muscle formation and regeneration relevant to regenerative medicine.
EU-FP7 OCTOPUS project n.:231608 http://www.octopusproject.eu/
COST 015/13 (COST Action FA1301): http://www.cost.eu/domains_actions/fa/Actions/FA1301