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Stefano Casali

Stefano Casali holds a degree and a PhD in Cognitive Psychology and Neuropsychology at University of Pavia.

Techniques: Computational modelling in NEURON-Python environmentReaserch

Research field: Realistic computational reconstruction of the cerebellar granular layer network

Martina Rizza

Martina Rizza holds a Phd in Computer Science (University of Milano-Bicocca), a Master’s degree in Neurobiology (University of Pavia) and a Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology (University of Milano-Bicocca).

She is currently a post-doc research fellow in the Neurocomputational Laboratory, Department of Brain and Behavioral Sciences, University of Pavia. Research Experience: Computational neuroscience: realistic computational model of cerebellar neurons, parameter estimation of neuron models, reconstruction of the cerebellar microcircuit. Computational modeling and simulation with NEURON-Python, knowledge of NEURON simulation tool, Python programming language and MATLAB simulation environment.


Alice Geminiani

Alice obtained the Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering cum laude in April 2015, and the PhD in Bioengineering cum laude in July 2019, at Politecnico di Milano, working in the field of computational neuroescience. During the PhD, she has developed multiscale models of the cerebellar circuit using Spiking Neural Networks, to investigate cerebellar functioning and pathologies, specifically studying the role of complex single neuron dynamics and long-term plasticity in cerebellum-driven motor learning. The research activity has been carried out within CerebNEST, Partnering Project of the Human Brain Project, between the NEARLab of Politecnico di Milano and the University of Pavia. She has spent periods abroad as a visiting student at the University of Granada – CITIC, during the Master thesis, and the Erasmus Medical Center – Department of Neuroscience, during the PhD. She is currently a PostDoc researcher at the University of Pavia in Egidio D’Angelo’s laboratory, working on the reconstruction of a full-scale mouse cerebellar model mapped on the Allen Brain Atlas, within the Human Brain Project Voucher Virtual Mouse CerebNEST. She has experience in neuron model development and simulations in NEST.

Cristiano Alessandro

Cristiano is interested in motor control, biomechanics and neural control of movement. In particular, he focuses on the relationship between musculoskeletal biomechanics and the neural processes of movement generation in health and disease (e.g. after musculoskeletal injuries), using both computational and experimental approaches. After obtaining his PhD at the University of Zurich, he moved to ETH Zurich and then to Northwestern University (USA) for his postdoctoral training, developing skills in computational modelling and behavioral experimentation on both humans and rodents. Currently, Cristiano is working on the closed-loop simulation of the cortico-cerebellar pathways for motor control and learning in the context of the Human Brain Project.

Contact: cristiano.alessandro [at] unipv [dot] it


Teresa Soda

Teresa Soda holds a Bachelor in Biological Sciences and a Master’s degree in Neurobiology and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences University of Pavia. Techniques: Whole cell patch-clamp recordings on rodent cerebellar slices and image analysis of vascular reactivity.

Research field: Synaptic Plasticity in cerebellar cortex in a new model of autism, the IB2 KO mouse. Neurovascular Coupling.

Marialuisa Tognolina

Marialuisa holds a PhD in Physiology and Neuroscience (University of Pavia). Techniques: Two-photon microscopy, calcium imaging, patch clamp.

Research field: Long-term plasticity at the mossy fibers-granule cells synapses

Ileana Montagna

Ileana Montagna holds a PhD in Biomedical Sciences at University of Pavia, a Master’s degree in Neurobiology (University of Pavia) and a Bachelor in Molecular Biology (University of Naples Federico II).

Techniques: In vivo electrophysiology and optogenetics on mice. Research field: Investigation of cerebellar plasticity and functional connectivity with other areas of the brain.

Teresa Sorbo

Teresa Sorbo holds a PhD in Neurobiology and a degree in Biology Throughout my experience in the research field I focused my interest on neurosciences, especially synaptic networks in neuronal in vitro cultures or cerebellum slices. I explored the communication between different kind of neurons grown in the same environment, evaluating the role of diverse players into the final out- come.

Techniques: cell colture, immunoflorescence, electrphysiology, calcium imaging