I am a Medical Doctor and I hold a Ph.D. in Biophysics. I use brain slice electrophysiology techniques (field potential, MEA, patch-clamp, sharp electrode recording) to study neuronal electrical activity in health and disease both at the single neuron and at the network level. I have a strong background in epilepsy research and a keen interest in neural engineering.
My scientific work focuses on the development of intelligent bio-hybrid systems for functional brain repair. My long-term goal is the realization of uncoventional brain repair strategies that are tailored to the individual scale.
In the context of the H2020 MSCA-IF founded project Re.B.Us. I will push forward the joint exploitation of biological and artificial components to obtain an intelligent bio-hybrid system that would be capable of self-reconfiguration and thus of recovering the function of the diseased nervous tissue by dynamically interacting with it. The project will leverage the synergetic exploitation of electrophysiology, neural engineering and mathematical modeling.
Rewiring Brain Units: bridging the gap of neuronal communication by means of intelligent hybrid systems – Re.B.Us. European Commission ‘H2020-MSCA-IF-2014’. 2016-2018. http://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/195985_en.html - www.rebus-project.eu
Gabriella Panuccio*, Marianna Semprini, Michela Chiappalone. Intelligent Biohybrid Systems for Functional Brain Repair. New Horizons in Translational Medicine 3 (2016) 162–174.
2010-2011: Savoy Foundation Postdoctoral Research Award. $30,000.
Tonic GABAergic inhibition of subicular neurons during epileptogenesis in a rodent model of temporal lobe epilepsy.
2009-2010: Epilepsy Canada Postdoctoral Research Award. $30,000.
GABAergic inhibition during epileptogenesis in a rodent model of temporal lobe epilepsy.
2005-2006: Sapienza University of Rome Research fellowship. €15,000.