Paolo Massobrio is Associate Professor of Bioengineering at the Department of Informatics, Bioengineering, Robotics and Systems Engineering (DIBRIS) of the University of Genova (Italy).
I got the M.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering and the Ph.D. degree in Bioengineering Materials Engineering and Robotics (curriculum: Bioengineering and Bioelectronics) from the University of Genova, in 2004 and 2008, respectively.
activities are in the field of neuroengineering, by investigating
neuronal network properties and neural interfaces. This involves the design and
use of novel experimental protocols
inspired by theoretical frameworks. During my PhD, I worked on theoretical
models of extracellular transducers to record the electrophysiological activity
of large-scale assemblies. Then, I focused on both spontaneous and
stimulus-evoked activity of cortical assemblies coupled to Micro-Electrode
Arrays (MEAs) with the aim to efficacy “interact” with the nervous system.
Currently, I am working on new experimental models based on dissociated cultures coupled to MEAs to create 2D and 3D in vitro interconnected heterogeneous networks (e.g., cortical-hippocampal, cortical-thalamic): a step towards a brain-on-a-chip.
Martina Brofiga finished her PhD in Bioengineering and Robotics on July 2022. She is involved in the development of experimental protocols to recreate interconnected brain regions on Micro-Electrode Arrays (MEAs). In addition, she is also involved in the computational framework to the program of user-friendly suites to analyze electrophysiological data. She is one of the co-founder of the start-up ScreenNeuroPharm (www.screenneuropharm.com).
Francesca Callegari started her PhD project the 1st November 2020, working on the development of new technological solutions for recreating interconnected brain regions on Micro-Electrode Arrays, as well as computational models able to describe the in vitro cortical-hippocampal interactions.
Fabio Poggio started his PhD project the 1st November 2021, on the topic of brain-on-a-chip. In particular, he is involved in experiments of neuromodulation and in the development of algorithms to extract features of the dynamics generated by interconnected brain regions on a chip.
Ilaria Donati della Lunga started her PhD on 1st November 2022. Her research activities deal with the characterization of the interactions between neuronal spheroids plated over Micro-Electrode Arrays.
Master degree Bioengeneering
Iris Segalerba master degree project deals with the characterization of ALS neuronal networks (both from central and peripheral system) coupled to Micro-Electrode Arrays.
Master degree Bioengineering
Letizia Cerutti master degree project deal with the definition of a set-up for the characterization of the morphological properties of neuronal assembloids.
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