Francesca Prestori

Francesca has been at the lab since 1998. She works with Prof. D’Angelo on mechanisms underlying synaptic plasticity at mossy fiber-granule cell relay of cerebellum. Her work techniques include Ca2+ imaging, Multi-Electrode Array (MEA) and whole-cell patch clamp recordings using either “blind” or “visual” patch approach.


Lisa Mapelli

Lisa Mapelli holds a degree in Biology (2004, University of Pavia) and a PhD in Physiology and Neuroscience (2008, University of Pavia). Her main interests are the modulation of spatio-temporal distribution of excitation and inhibition in physiological and pathological conditions, as well as the neurovascular coupling in the cerebellar granular layer.


Claudia Casellato

Claudia Casellato obtained the PhD degree in Bioengineering in 2011 at the Politecnico di Milano. She spent several periods abroad for education (International program ERASMUS/SOCRATES at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology) and for research collaborations (Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France; CITIC-University of Granada, Spain). She worked as post-doc fellow at NeuroEngineering and medicAl RoboticsLab, of the Dept. of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering, at the Politecnico di Milano. She joined, as co-investigator, EU grants MUNDUS (ICT GA 248326) and REALNET (FET Proactive GA 270434), international research projects on Space Human Physiology funded by the Space Agencies (Italian, European and NASA), clinical and research trials funded by NIH (1R01HD081346-01A1).  

She is currently Assistant Professor at the Dept. of Brain and Behavioural Sciences of the University of Pavia, working in the EU flagship of Human Brain Project. Her research interests and activities have been and are oriented to deal with the fascinating topic of “human motor learning”, by tackling the issue both through a macroscopic approach, i.e. experimental set-up and protocols able to detect and interfere with the learning process in physio and pathological conditions, and through a microscopic approach, i.e. computational neural models embedded in behavioural loops, able to implicitly generate high-level motor functions from elementary neural features and circuit mechanisms, in physio and pathological conditions as well.


Fulvia Palesi

Fulvia holds a degree in Physics (University of Pavia), a specialization in Biomedical Physics (University of Pavia) and a PhD in Applied Physics (University of Pavia in collaboration with the C. Mondino National Neurological Institute. External referee: Prof. Claudia Gandini Wheeler-Kingshott, UCL London).


  • Techniques: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Diffusion MRI (DTI, HARDI) and tractography, Constrained Spherical Deconvolution (CSD), Track Density Imaging (TDI), structural connectomics, MR spectroscopy (MRs).
  • Research field:development of MR sequences (Siemens IDEA software), microstructural and functional characterization of the cerebello-cerebro loop, characterization of large-scale brain networks  both in healthy subjects and in pathological conditions.