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Viola Folli

Affiliated Researcher
Nanotechnologies for Neurosciences
Research center

I am interested in how neural circuits encode environmental cues to produce behavioral responses. I use the nematode C. elegans as a model organism to study neural network dynamics and brain functioning. Keywords of my activity are neural networks, connectivity, whole-brain activity, and sensory stimulation. My research takes advantage from the complementary use of numerical, theoretical, and experimental approaches in an interdisciplinary framework based on calcium imaging microscopy and behavioral recordings, microfluidics, molecular biology, transcriptomics, and novel whole-brain and single-neuron modeling.


Title: PhD in physics, "Nonlinear Optics and Laser Emission through Random Media"
Institute: "Sapienza" University of Rome
Location: Rome
Country: Italy
From: 2008 To: 2011

All Publications
Lanza E., Di Angelantonio S., Gosti G., Ruocco G., Folli V.
A recurrent neural network model of C. elegans responses to aversive stimuli
Neurocomputing, vol. 430, pp. 1-13
Article Journal
Caprini D., Schwartz S., Lanza E., Milanetti E., Lucente V., Ferrarese G., Chiodo L., Nicoletti M., Folli V.
A Shearless Microfluidic Device Detects a Role in Mechanosensitivity for AWCON Neuron in Caenorhabditis elegans
Advanced Biology, vol. 5, (no. 9)
Article Journal
Lanza E., Rocco M.D., Schwartz S., Caprini D., Milanetti E., Ferrarese G., Lonardo M.T., Pannone L., Ruocco G., Martinelli S., Folli V.
C. elegans-based chemosensation strategy for the early detection of cancer metabolites in urine samples
Scientific Reports, vol. 11, (no. 1)
Nicoletti M., Loppini A., Chiodo L., Folli V., Ruocco G., Filippi S.
Erratum: Biophysical modeling of C. elegans Neurons: Single ion currents and whole-cell dynamics of AWCon and RMD (PLoS ONE (2019) 14:7 (e0218738) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0218738)
PLoS ONE, vol. 16, (no. 8 August)
Lanza E., Caprini D., Lucente V., Folli V.
Microfluidic arena for high-throughput C. elegans calcium imaging experiments with multiple strain confinement
2021 IEEE International Workshop on Metrology for Industry 4.0 and IoT, MetroInd 4.0 and IoT 2021 - Proceedings, pp. 566-571
Conference Paper Conference