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Stefano Panzeri

Senior Researcher
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

Stefano Panzeri received a Laurea in Physics from the University of Torino, and a PhD in Computational Neuroscience from SISSA, Trieste, Italy.

He has held personal Research Fellowship awards in both theoretical physics and computational neuroscience, including an INFN junior Fellowship in Theoretical Physics at Turin University, an EU Marie Curie postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Oxford, and an MRC Research Fellowship in Neuroinformatics at the University of Newcastle. He has held tenured Faculty positions as assistant, associate and full professor at the Universities of Manchester and Glasgow. He has been visiting scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics and at Harvard Medical School. He served as Coordinator of the Center for Neuroscience and Cognitive Systems of IIT. He also served as Deputy Chair of the UK Medical Research Council Panel for fellowships in Bioinformatics and Neuroinformatics. He currently directs the Department of Neural Information Processing at UKE, Hamburg.

His research lies at the interface between theory and experiment and aims at understanding the principles of cortical information processing by developing new quantitative data analysis techniques based on the principles of Information Theory and by developing computational models of neural network function.

He collaborates with IIT to carry forward collaborative research activities in the field of neural computation. Within IIT, he has many strongly active collaborations, such as those with the groups of Tommaso Fellin, Alessandro Gozzi, Cristina Becchio, Giuliano Iurillli, Mike Lombardo, Chiara Bartolozzi and Francesca Santoro.


2021: Fellow of the ELLIS (European Lab for Learning and Intelligent Systems) Society

2015-2021: Bertarelli Foundation Visiting Scholar, Harvard Medical School, Neurobiology Department

2010-2015: Max Planck society Honorary Visiting Scholar – Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tuebingen

2005-2009 Member of the UK’s Engineering and Physics Research Council (EPSRC) Grant Review Panel (major funding agency’s grant-award panel)

2005-2009 Deputy Chair of the UK’s Medical Research Council (MRC) Panel for Biomedical Informatics (major funding agency’s grant-award panel)

2001: UK Medical Research Council (MRC) Research Fellowship in Neuroinformatics (Personal Research Career Award)

1997: EU Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship (Personal Research Training Award)

1992: Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN) Prize Studentship in Theoretical Physics (Personal Research Training Award), with second place in the national competition

1991, Graduated Summa Cum Laude and Special Distinction, University of Torino, Italy, 1991

Top Publications
Chong E., Moroni M., Wilson C., Shoham S., Panzeri S., Rinberg D.
Manipulating synthetic optogenetic odors reveals the coding logic of olfactory perception
Science, vol. 368, (no. 6497)
Pashkovski S.L., Iurilli G., Brann D., Chicharro D., Drummey K., Franks K., Panzeri S., Datta S.R.
Structure and flexibility in cortical representations of odour space
Nature, vol. 583, (no. 7815), pp. 253-258
Article Journal
Patri J.-F., Cavallo A., Pullar K., Soriano M., Valente M., Koul A., Avenanti A., Panzeri S., Becchio C.
Transient Disruption of the Inferior Parietal Lobule Impairs the Ability to Attribute Intention to Action
Current Biology, vol. 30, (no. 23), pp. 4594-4605.e7
Zaldivar D., Goense J., Lowe S.C., Logothetis N.K., Panzeri S.
Dopamine Is Signaled by Mid-frequency Oscillations and Boosts Output Layers Visual Information in Visual Cortex
Current Biology, vol. 28, (no. 2), pp. 224-235.e5
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Runyan C.A., Piasini E., Panzeri S., Harvey C.D.
Distinct timescales of population coding across cortex
Nature, vol. 548, (no. 7665), pp. 92-96
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Martinez-Canada P., Ness T.V., Einevoll G.T., Fellin T., Panzeri S.
Computation of the electroencephalogram (EEG) from network models of point neurons
PLoS Computational Biology, vol. 17, (no. 4)
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Valente M., Pica G., Bondanelli G., Moroni M., Runyan C.A., Morcos A.S., Harvey C.D., Panzeri S.
Correlations enhance the behavioral readout of neural population activity in association cortex
Nature Neuroscience, vol. 24, (no. 7), pp. 975-986
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Becchio C., Pullar K., Panzeri S.
Costs and benefits of communicating vigor
Behavioral and Brain Sciences, vol. 44
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Ferro D., van Kempen J., Boyd M., Panzeri S., Thiele A.
Directed information exchange between cortical layers in macaque V1 and V4 and its modulation by selective attention
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 118, (no. 12)
Cavallo A., Romeo L., Ansuini C., Battaglia F., Nobili L., Pontil M., Panzeri S., Becchio C.
Identifying the signature of prospective motor control in children with autism
Scientific Reports, vol. 11, (no. 1)