I gained my BSc degree in Biology at the University of Parma where I became fascinated by neuroscience during an internship in the lab of Prof. Pier Francesco Ferrari, studying the social role of mirror neurons in monkeys. Afterwards, I move to the University of Trieste where I gained my MSc degree in Neuroscience and spent two years working in the Department of Neurobiology at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA). Under the supervision of Prof. Andrea Nistri, I studied K+ conductances and GABAergic inhibition as neuroprotective agents in an in vitro model of motoneuron degeneration.
I then moved to Oxford and joined the Wellcome Trust programme in Neuroscience. During the first year I worked on a computational model of the basal ganglia under the supervision of Prof. Rafal Bogacz and on transient circuits of the developing cortical network under the supervision of Prof. Simon Butt. Currently, I am a DPhil student working in the lab of Prof. Simon Butt and Dr. Michael Kohl. As part of my research project I am exploiting optical techniques as well as in vivo and in vitro electrophysiology to investigate the role of GABAergic interneurons in the development of neuronal circuits in the primary visual cortex.