Personnel

Principal Investigator

Davide Zoccolan, PhD

Davide Zoccolan obtained his Laurea (M.S. equiv) in Physics at the University of Torino (Italy) in 1997. He then joined the group of Prof. Vincent Torre at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) of Trieste (Italy), where he studied sensory-motor integration, motor pattern generation, and decision-making in an invertebrate model system.

After obtaining his PhD in Biophysics at SISSA in 2002, he was awarded a Long Term HFSP Postdoctoral Fellowship to work as a post-doctoral fellow in the research groups of Prof. James DiCarlo and Prof. Tomaso Poggio, at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in Cambridge (USA). Here, he studied the neuronal mechanisms underlying visual object recognition, using a combination of computational modeling and single-unit neuronal recordings from primate inferotemporal cortex.

Starting from 2006, in collaboration with Dr. David Cox, he developed an independent line of research within the DiCarlo’s lab, with the goal of establishing rodent models for the study of higher-level visual functions. In 2008, he pursued this research by joining the recently established lab of Dr. David Cox at the Rowland Institute at Harvard (Harvard University), in Cambridge (USA).

In 2008, he has been awarded the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei – Compagnia di San Paolo Grant to join SISSA Neurobiology and Cognitive Neuroscience Sectors and start, in 2009, a Visual Neuroscience Lab, where he studies the neuronal basis of visual object recognition using a combination of psychophysics and electrophysiology in rodents, and computational modeling. He is currently Associate Professor in Psychobiology and Physiological Psychology.

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Graduate Students

Alessandro Di Filippo       


PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience, SISSA, Trieste, Italy.


E-mail: difilippo@sissa.it

Office: +39 040 3787 777

Lab: +39 040 3787 723/723

 

Alumni

Postdoctoral Fellows

Rosilari Bellacosa Marotti, PhD


PhD in Exp. Psychology, University of Padova, Italy


E-mail: rbellacosa@sissa.it

Office: +39 040 3787 628

Lab: +39 040 3787 723/787

 

Natalia Grion, PhD


PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience,, SISSA, Trieste, Italy


E-mail: grion@sissa.it

Office: +39 040 3787 777

Lab: +39 040 3787 723

 

Vladimir Djurdjevic       


M.Sc. in Molecular Biology, University of Belgrade, Serbia.


E-mail: djurdjevic@sissa.it

Office: +39 040 3787 777

Lab: +39 040 3787 723

 

Liviu Soltuzu       

M.Sc. in Neurobiology, University of Bucharest, Romania.


E-mail: lsoltuzu@sissa.it

Office: +39 040 3787 777

Lab: +39 040 3787 723

 

Alessio Ansuini, PhD



PhD in Physics, University Sapienza, Rome, Italy


E-mail: ansuini@sissa.it

Office: +39 040 3787 628

 

Lab Manager and Technical Assistants

Margherita Riggi       


PhD in Neuroscience, University of Trieste, Italy.


E-mail: mriggi@sissa.it

Office: +39 040 3787 777

Lab: +39 040 3787 723/787

 

Eis Annavini       


M.Sc. in Physics, University Sapienza, Rome, Italy.


E-mail: eannavi@sissa.it

Office: +39 040 3787 628

Lab: +39 040 3787 723

 

Hardware and Software Developers

Daniele Bertolini       


M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Bologna, Italy.


E-mail: dbertolini@sissa.it

Office: +39 040 3787 628

Lab: +39 040 3787 723/787

 

Walter Vanzella       


M.Sc. in Computer Science, University of Udine, Italy.


E-mail: vanzella@sissa.it Office: +39 040 3787 628

Lab: +39 040 3787 723

 

Federica Rosselli, PhD Student (2010-2013) and Postdoctoral Fellow (2014-2015), next position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Behavior and Brain Organization, Center of Advanced European Studies and Research (Caesar), An Institute of the Max-Planck Society, Bonn (Germany)


Nader Nikbakht, PhD Student (2011-2015), next position: Postdoctoral Fellow, International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA), Trieste, Italy


Luca Godenzini, Master student and research fellow (2013-2015), next position: PhD student, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, University of Melbourne, Australia


Mattia Orru’, Master student (2014-2015)


Simone Vigano’, Master student (2014-2015), next position: PhD student, Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC), University of Trento, Rovereto (Italy)


Federica Buffolo, Technical Assistant (2014-2015), next position: PhD student, Neuroscience and Brain Technologies department, Italian Institute of Technology, Genova (Italy)


Sina Tafazoli, PhD Student (2010-2013), next position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton  Neuroscience Institute, Princeton University (USA)


Alireza Alemi-Neissi, PhD Student (2010-2012), next position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Politecnico di Torino, Torino (Italy)


Houman Safaai, Postdoctoral Fellow (2011-2012), next position: Center for Neuroscience and Cognitive Systems, Italian Institute of Technology, Rovereto (Italy)


Sahitya Chetan Pandanaboina, Postdoctoral Fellow (2010-2014)


Gioia De Franceschi, M. Sc. Student (2013), next position: Ph.D. student, Faculty of Life Sciences, University College London (UK)


Laura Riontino, M. Sc. Student (2013), next position: PhD student in Neuroscience (University of Trieste, Italy)


Silvia Rossi, M. Sc. Student (2013), next position: Student at the Faculty of Medicine of Insubria University, Varese (Italy)


Dario Campagner, M. Sc. Student (2012), next position: PhD student, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Manchester (UK)


Matilde Fiorini, M. Sc. Student (2012), next position: PhD student, Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience, University of Tubingen (Germany)


Francesca Pulecchi, Technical Assistant (2011-2012), next position: Lab Manager, Tactile Perception and Learning Lab, SISSA (Italy)

Giulio Matteucci       


M.Sc. in Physics, University of Torino, Italy.


E-mail: gmatteuc@sissa.it

Office: +39 040 3787 777

Lab: +39 040 3787 723/787

 

Mattia D’Andola       


PhD in Biomedicine, university of Barcelona - IDIBAPS, Spain.


E-mail: mdandola@sissa.it

Office: +39 040 3787 777

Lab: +39 040 3787 723/787

 

Nelly Redolfi       


PhD in Biosciences and Biotechnologies, University of Padova, Italy.


E-mail: nredolfi@sissa.it

Office: +39 040 3787 777

Lab: +39 040 3787 723/787