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Mariangela Panniello

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow
Optical Approaches to Brain Function
Research center

Mariangela obtained a BSc in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Bologna and a MSc in Molecular Neurobiology from the University of Pisa. She worked as a research assistant at NEST - Scuola Normale Superiore, and she then moved to the University of Oxford, where she obtained a PhD (DPhil) in Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics under the supervision of Prof Andrew King and Dr Kerry Walker. She then worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the group led by Dr Michael Kohl, and has been a Tutorial Lecturer in Neuroscience at St Peter's College (University of Oxford). During this time, she  taught Neurophysiology to Medicine students in years 2 and 3, she co-administered the Undergraduate Medicine Course of the College, and held pastoral responsibilities towards the undergraduate community. She currently holds a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship at IIT, and works in the Optical Approaches to Brain Function Lab, led by Dr Tommaso Fellin in Genova.

Mariangela's main interest is sensory processing in the cerebral cortex. She investigates how stimuli from the external world, in particular sounds and touches, are processed by cortical neurons in order to give raise to perception and establish memories. To do this, she uses a range of techniques, from behavioural paradigms to in vivo two-photon calcium imaging and optogenetics.

She is a passionate science communicator and currently collaborates with several European groups aiming at opening up the doors of research laboratories to the public and involving disadvantaged groups in scientific initiatives.


Title: PhD (DPhil) in Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics
Institute: University of Oxford
Location: Oxford
Country: United Kingdom
From: 2012 To: 2016

Title: MSc in Neurobiology
Institute: University of Pisa
Location: null
Country: null
From: 2009 To: 2011

Experience External

Title: Stipendiary Lecturer in Neuroscience
Institute: University of Oxford - St Peter's College
Location: Oxford
Country: United Kingdom
From: 2018 To: 2019

Title: Postdoctoral Research Scientist
Institute: University of Oxford
Location: Oxford
Country: United Kingdom
From: 2017 To: 2019

All Publications
Akam T., Lustig A., Rowland J., Kapanaiah S.K.T., Esteve-Agraz J., Panniello M., Marquez C., Kohl M., Kätzel D., Costa R. M., Walton M.
pyControl: Open source, Python based, hardware and software for controlling behavioural neuroscience experiments
Article Journal
Gaucher Q., Panniello M., Ivanov A.Z., Dahmen J.C., King A.J., Walker K.M.M.
Complexity of frequency receptive fields predicts tonotopic variability across species
eLife, vol. 9, pp. 1-25
Chong E.Z., Panniello M., Barreiros I., Kohl M.M., Booth M.J.
Quasi-simultaneous multiplane calcium imaging of neuronal circuits
Biomedical Optics Express, vol. 10, (no. 1), pp. 267-282
Article Journal
Panniello M., King A.J., Dahmen J.C., Walker K.M.M.
Local and global spatial organization of interaural level difference and frequency preferences in auditory cortex
Cerebral Cortex, vol. 28, (no. 1), pp. 350-369
Article Journal
De Vivo L., Landi S., Panniello M., Baroncelli L., Chierzi S., Mariotti L., Spolidoro M., Pizzorusso T., Maffei L., Ratto G.M.
Extracellular matrix inhibits structural and functional plasticity of dendritic spines in the adult visual cortex
Nature Communications, vol. 4