Since May 2017, I have been holding a senior post-doctoral fellowship in Dr. Tommaso Fellin's lab (Optical Approches to Brain Function). My main research interests include studies combining optogenetics and electrophysiology for a deeper understanding of inhibitory interneurons’ contribution to the generation and control of cortical slow waves. I am also involved in the design and development of technological tools for patterned optical stimulation through light phase modulation.
Research & work experience:
2012-2017 - Post-doc @Chiappalone lab in IIT
Main interests: neuro-robotics and neuro-prosthetics; micro-stimulation protocols to advance neuro-rehabilitation treatments following brain injuries; innovative data analysis methods for multi-channel electrophysiological recordings.
2011-2012 - Integration Specialist @Carestream Health
2010 - Research fellow @IIT
2010 - PhD in Humanoid Technologies, Univ. of Genova & IIT
Main duties: design and development of analytical tools to characterize the spontaneous and evoked activity of neuronal networks plated on planar Micro-Electrode Arrays (MEAs).
2006 – MEng in Bioengineering (Neuroengineering curriculum), Univ. of Genova
2004 – BEng in Biomedical Engineering, Univ. of Genova
Linking biological and artificial neuronal assemblies to restore lost brain functions: towards the design of innovative bi-directional neuroprostheses – BRAIN-BOW, European Union ‘FET Open Young Explorers’, www.brainbowproject.eu (2012-2015). Role: co-investigator in the IIT unit.
Novel technological approaches for rewiring neural circuitry following brain injury, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy (MAE), Bi-lateral project of high relevance: Italy-USA action (2016-2017). Role: co-investigator in the IIT unit.
2017 - Workshop travel grant to attend the CNS Meeting 2017 in Antwerp
2013 - Travel grant to attend the CNS Meeting 2013 in Paris
2010 - Best Contribution Award, Frontiers in Neuroengineering Workshop, Monte Verita’ (Ascona)
2007 - “Gruppo Nazionale di Bioingegneria” (Italian Society of Bioengineering) award for the best master thesis in the field of Bioengineering in 2006-2007