I discovered my interest in Neuroscience early during my Bachelor's in Biotechnology at the University of Pisa, Italy, and the University of Lisbon, Portugal. I was fascinated by how cells of the central nervous system communicate and react to stimuli, reason why I then enrolled in the International Master of Neuroscience program at the University of Bordeaux (NeuroBIM). During this time, I had the opportunity to gain lab experience, first in 2018 at the Interdisciplinary Institute of Neuroscience (IINS) in Bordeaux and then, in 2019, at the University of Montreal.
In Bordeaux, under the supervision of Dr. Etienne Herzog, my work focused on the cellular and molecular characterization of dopaminergic synapses using a novel method to purify dopaminergic varicosities. In Montreal, under the supervision of Dr. Richard Robitaille, I tested the effects of an acute drug treatment in a model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis on early electrophysiological impairments at the neuromuscular junction.
In my PhD project, I wanted to combine my previous experiences with my main interests and this is exactly what I found within the enTRAIN Vision project: I am studying bio-inspired applications to overcome neurological disorders such as vision loss.