Team
Davide Zoccolan, PhD
Principal Investigator
Ph.D. in Biophysics,
International School for Advanced Studies, Italy

Biography

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 Full Professor in Neurophysiology.

 

Postdoctoral Investigators

Mattia Zanzi

Postdoctoral Investigator

Paolo Muratore

Postdoctoral Investigator
Graduated Students

Lorenzo Tausani

PhD Student

Angelina Tadic

PhD Student

Chiara Di Domenico

PhD student
Lab Manager - Technical Assistant

Felicia Sangermano

Lab Manager

Giacomo Amerio

IT assistant
Master Students

Davide Rubino

Master student

Sebastiano Quintavalle

Master student
Alumni
Former collaborators

Former PhD students

Riccardo Caramellino, Master student in Physics from University of Torino (2017-2018) and PhD student (2018-2022)
next position: Assistant Docteur, Département de Médecine, Université de Fribourg
Giulio Matteucci, Master student in Physics from University of Torino (2015-2016) and PhD student (2016-2020)
next position: “Experimental and Computational Neuroscience Laboratory” (Prof. Sami El- Boustani), Department of Basic Neurosciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva.
Eis Annavini, PhD student (2013-2018) and Postdoctoral Fellow (2018-2019)
next position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Oslo (Norway)
Alssandro Di FIlippo, PhD Student (2011-2014) and Postdoctoral Fellow (2015-2018)
next position: Simons Initiative Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Deanery of Biomedical Sciences Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences, University of Edinburgh (Scotland)
Liviu Soltuzu, PhD student (2013-2017) and Postdoctoral Fellow (2017-2018)
next position: Data Scientist, Blue Brain Project, Membrane Systems Group, EPFL, Lausanne (Switzerland)
Vladimir Djurdjevic, PhD Student (2012-2017)
next position: Research Fellow, Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience / Centre for Cognition & Decision Making, Higher School Of Economics, Moscow (Russia)
Federica Rosselli, PhD Student (2009-2014) and Research Fellow (2014-2016)
next position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Behavior and Brain Organization, (Caesar), Max-Planck Society, Bonn (Germany)
current position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Molecular and Clinical Ophthalmology Basel (Switzerland)
Nader Nikbakht, PhD Student (2011-2015)
current position: McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA
Sina Tafazoli, PhD Student (2009-2014) and Research Fellow (2014)
next position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton Neuroscience Institute, Princeton University (USA)
Alireza Alemi-Neissi, PhD Student (2009-2013)
next position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Politecnico di Torino, Torino (Italy)
current position: Project Scientist, Center for Neuroscience, University of California Davis (USA)

Former postdocs and technical assistants

Margherita Riggi, Lab Manager and Technical Assistant (2014-2021)
current position: impiegata amministrativa, Ufficio Procurement e Contratti dell'Area finanza, approvvigionamenti e patrimonio, Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati, Trieste (Italy)
Anna Carboncino, Technical Assistant (2018-2021)
next position: Technical Assistant Fellow, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Rose F. Kennedy Center, New York (USA)
Alessio Ansuini, Postdoctoral Fellow (2014-2019)
current position: Research Scientist in Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence, Area Science Park, Udine (Italy)
Daniele Bertolini, Software/hardware developer & lab manager (2014-2018)
next position: project manager, VIVISOL (SOL group), Milan, Italy
current position: Global Retail Excellence Store Performance Sr. Specialist, Amplifon, Milan, Lombardy, ItalyMilan
Mattia D’Andola, Postdoctoral Fellow (2016-2018)
next position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Neuro-Electronics Research Flanders (NERF), Leuven, Belgium
current position: Data Scientist, Ovizio, Brussels, Belgium
Natalia Grion Grion, Postdoctoral Fellow (2014-2018)
next position: next position: Data Scientist, ProntoPro, Milan (Italy)
Rosilari Bellacosa Marotti, Postdoctoral Fellow (2015-2018)
current position: Cofounder and R&D director, SynDiag, Treviso (Italy)
Nelly Redolfi, Technical assistant (2016-2017)
current position: Technical assistant, University of Padua, Padua (Italy)
Walter Vanzella, Software developer (2014-2017)
current position: CEO, Glance Vision Technologies, Trieste, Italy
Federica Buffolo, Technical Assistant (2014-2015)
next position: PhD student, Neuroscience and Brain Technologies department, Italian Institute of Technology, Genova (Italy)
Sahitya Chetan Pandanaboina, Postdoctoral Fellow (2010-2014)
current position: Customer Service Representative, PROBE Group, Victoria (Australia)
Francesca Pulecchi Pulecchi, Technical Assistant (2011-2012)
current position: Lab Manager, Tactile Perception and Learning Lab, SISSA (Italy)
Houman Safaai, Postdoctoral Fellow (2011-2012)
next position: Center for Neuroscience and Cognitive Systems, Italian Institute of Technology, Rovereto (Italy)
current position: Research Associate, Department of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA (USA)

Former Master students

Daria Ricci, Master student in Neuroscience from University of Trieste (2021-2022)
next position: Research TechnicianResearch Technician, Champalimaud Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal
Silene Fornasaro, Master student in Cognitive Science from University of Trento (2020-2021)
next position: Summer Intern, University of Cambridge Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry, Cambridge (UK)
current position: Animal Technician at the Max Planck Institute in Bad Nauheim, Germany
Valeriya Zelenkova, Master student in Cognitive Science from University of Trento (2020-2021)
current position: PhD student, University of Bremen, Germany
Andrea Buccellato, Master student in Neuroscience from University of Trieste (2019-2020)
current position: PhD student, Padova Neuroscience Center (PNC), University of Padova, Padova, Italy
Daniel Caproni, Master student in Physics from University of Torino (2019-2020)
next position: High school teacher, Rovereto
Antonella Torrisi, Master student in Neuroscience from University of Trieste (2018-2019)
current position: Ph.D. student, Machine Listening Lab, Queen Mary University of London, UK
Ilaria Montano, Master student In Neuroscience from University of Trieste (2017-2018)
next position: PhD student in Life Sciences, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Cina)
Benedetta Zattera, Master student in Cognitive Science from University of Trento (2017-2018)
next position: PhD student, TamiettoLab, UniTO-UniPR Joint Program, University of Torino (Italy)
current position: PhD student, Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Basel, Switzerland
Marco Salluzzo, Master student in Neuroscience from University of Trieste (2016-2017)
next position: PhD student in Neurosciences, Institute of Neurophysiology (CNR-Pisa), University of Firenze, Italy.
Luca Godenzini, Master student in Neuroscience and research fellow from University of Trieste (2013-2015)
next position: PhD student, The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, University of Melbourne, Australia
current position: Research Officer, The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, University of Melbourne, Australia
Mattia Orru’, Master student in Neuroscience from University of Trieste (2014-2015)
Simone Vigano’, Master student in Cognitive Science from University of Trento (2014-2015)
next position: PhD student, Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC), University of Trento, Rovereto (Italy)
Gioia De Franceschi, Master student in Neuroscience from University of Trieste (2012-2013)
next position: Ph.D. student, Faculty of Life Sciences, University College London (UK)
current position: Postdoctoral Researcher, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Rome (Italy)
Laura Riontino, Master student in Neuroscience from University of Trieste (2013)
next position: PhD student in Neuroscience (University of Trieste, Italy)
current position: Postdoctoral Researcher, Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, University of Geneva (Switzerland)
Silvia Rossi, Master student in Cognitive Science from University of Trento (2012-2103)
next position: Student at the Faculty of Medicine of Insubria University, Varese (Italy)
Dario Campagner, Master Student in Neuroscience from University of Trieste (2011-2012)
next position: PhD student, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Manchester (UK)
current position: Research Fellow, Sainsbury Wellcome Centre, London (UK)
Matilde Fiorini, Master student in Cognitive Science from University of Trento (2011-2012)
next position: PhD student, Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience, University of Tubingen (Germany)
current position: Clinical Research Coordinator and Data Manager at IRCCS, Ospedale Sacro Cuore Don Calabria, Verona (Italy)