Claudia Gandini Wheeler Kingshot (PI)
She was born in Milan (Italy) in 1969, moved to a little village on the Italian Riviera at 10, called Bonassola, studied Solid State Physics (with the intention to do MR Physics for translational applications to the medical field) at the University of Pavia and then came to the UK with a COMETT grant for post-graduate students.
Claudia Gandini did her PhD at the University of Surrey (Guildford, UK) in MR sequence development under the supervision of Simon Doran and David Gilfoyle on developing fast imaging sequences (BURST) collaborating with the University of Lyon (France), the Nathan Kline Institute (USA) and the Institute of Child Health (ICH).
She joined the NMR Research Unit at the UCL Institute of Neurology in January 1999 as a postdoctoral research fellow sponsored by the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society of the UK. At now she is Professor of MR Physics at UCL Institute of Neurology and professor of FISICA DELL’MRI PER LE NEUROSCIENZE and MRI QUANTITATIVA: SEGNALE, IMMAGINI, MODELLI at the department of Brain and Behavioral Science. As such she continue leading quantitative MRI development on the 3T scanner for MS research.
Silvia Maria Marchese Post-Doc Physiology in Human Physiology Section of the DePt of University of Milan.
Silvia holds a bachelor degree in Biological Sciences (University of Urbino), a master degree in Experimental and Applied Biology (University of Pavia) and a PhD in Integrative Biomedical Research, curriculum Systems Physiology (University of Milan).
Techniques: transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS), Electromyography (EMG),
Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS).
Research field: study of neural structures involved in anticipatory postural organization; role of cerebellum in postural control during gait initiation in children with cerebellar disorders; investigation of neural connectivity and compensatory mechanisms in patients with cerebellar dysfunctions; characterization of cerebellar metabolites in cognitive areas by using Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy.
Letizia Casiraghi (MRI laboratory) Post-Doc Physiology.
Letizia Casiraghi holds a degree in Psychology (University of Pavia) and a specialization in Experimental Psychology (University of Pavia). She prepared her master thesis in collaboration with the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC, University of Trento). She obtained her PhD in Psychology on multimodal MRI and Alzheimer Disease.
- Techniques: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), functional MRI (task-related fMRI, resting state fMRI) and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).
- Research field: analysis of the dynamical properties of functional connectivity (FC) in resting state networks (RSNs) in both healthy and pathological subjects (Alzheimer Disease and Autism Spectrum Disorder), cerebellar role in cognitive functions.
Gloria Castellazzi holds a degree in Biomedical Engineering (University of Pavia), a specialization in Biomedical Engineering (Biomedical Technologies) from the University of Pavia and a PhD in Bioengineering and Bioinformatics (University of Pavia in collaboration with the C. Mondino National Neurological Institute).
- Techniques: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), functional MRI (task-related fMRI, resting state fMRI), functional connectomics, perfusion MRI, machine learning.
- Research field: development and optimisation of MR sequences; analysis of the dynamical properties of functional connectivity (FC) in resting state networks (RSNs) in both healthy and pathological subjects; investigation of functional cortico-cerebellar circuits in both healthy and pathological human brains by means of functional connectomics techniques; machine learning on MRI data; development of predictive models of disease progression through data mining application.
Giovanni Savini (MRI laboratory) Post Doctoral fellow, University of Pavia, PhD in Physics (University of Milan).
Giovanni holds a bachelor degree in Physics (University of Pavia) and a master degree in Biomedical Physics (University of Pavia). His master thesis work was held at the Institute of Neurology, UCL (London, UK) under the supervision of Claudia A. M. Gandini Wheeler-Kingshott.
- Techniques: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), diffusion MRI, probabilistic tractography, resting state functional MRI, connectomics.
- Research field: development and optimization of MRI sequences, structural and functional connectome of the cerebellum.