I am a computational neuroscientist with a physics background (Google Scholar profile). My main field of interest is the analysis of electrophysiological data such as neuronal spike trains and EEG.
Since 2010 I am on a permanent position as "Primo ricercatore" (senior researcher, equivalent to an associate professor) at the Institute of Complex Systems (ISC, Director: Antonio Politi) within the National Research Council (CNR) in Florence, Italy. One of the main goals of my current research is the development of methods to measure spike train synchrony between neuronal populations.
Previously I was an EU Marie Curie Outgoing International Fellow (OIF). This fellowship lasted for three years and involved an international collaboration between two institutes in the US and in Italy. For the first two years (the outgoing phase) I was at the Institute of Nonlinear Science (INLS, Director: Henry D.I. Abarbanel) at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Ca, USA, while for the final year (the reintegration phase) I returned to the Institute of Complex Systems in Florence. One of my main topics during this fellowship was the development of methods to quantify the synchrony between two or more spike trains (Research-Sync). So far this work has lead to the proposals of the ISI- and the SPIKE-distance (for two spike trains) along with several extensions to multiple spike trains (for reprints and Matlab Source codes: Source Code).
In the two years before I was an EU Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow (EIF) at the Institute of Complex Systems. During this time I dealt with simulations of neuronal models under the influence of noise (Research-CR). These simulations were combined with the analysis of single neuron recordings that we got from the INLS lab in San Diego.
Before that I worked at the John von Neumann Institute of Computing (NIC) at the Research Center Juelich, Germany (Director: Peter Grassberger) where I obtained my PhD in physics in 2003 (awarded by the University of Wuppertal, Germany). This work involved both nonlinear dynamics and nonlinear time series analysis, particular attention was paid to the synchronization between two time series (Research-Sync).
During this time I was also associated with the Neurophysics group (Head: Klaus Lehnertz) at the Department of Epilepsy at the University of Bonn, Germany (Director: Christian E. Elger). There I applied methods of nonlinear time series analysis to the EEG of epilepsy patients. The main focus of interest was the prediction of epileptic seizures and its statistical validation (Research-EEG).