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Principal Investigator

Albrecht Haase

I am interested in fundamental processes underlying reception, information coding, processing, and learning. Being a physicist by formation, I am especially attracted by two aspects in these fields: exploring the overlap between neuroscience and physics, where functional processes can be tested regarding possible underlying fundamental mechanisms (e.g. quantum biology) and the application of experimental techniques which go beyond standard neuroscience approaches (nonlinear microscopy, optogenetics). My team is formed by neuroscientists and biologists who are keen on exploring experimental methods to extract information from the brain that is not accessible with conventional tools.

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Damiano Zanini

I am interested in the neurobiology of sensory systems, defining the mechanisms through which animals translate and combine sensory input into behavioral outputs. In my studies, I investigated the role of chordotonal organs in the fruit fly by combining genetics, molecular biology and immunohistochemistry to describe the mechanisms that mediate proprioception. Now I am expanding my investigation on the olfactory system of the honeybee, performing in vivo calcium imaging and behavioral assays to study the neurobiological basis of the associative learning and memory.

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Amelie Cabirol

I am interested in the relationship between brain structure, function, and learning capacities. I also want to understand how variability in these parameters can affect the group success in social insects, in particular in honey bees. During my PhD, I focused on experience-dependent plasticity in brain structure and olfactory learning capacities. In my current research, I investigate the sublethal effects of neonicotinoids on olfactory processing and learning using in-vivo calcium imaging. These effects might be responsible for the decline observed in bee populations as they rely on sophisticated cognitive skills to collect food in the environment.

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PhD students


Mirko Zanon

I have a physics background, oriented to biological applications and imaging techniques in living samples. I am developing methods to study neural network dynamics in Apis mellifera via optogenetics.




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Master's students



Sara Bariselli





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Marie Fayolle





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Renzo Antolini - Biophysics and Biosignals Laboratory, Department of Physics

Giorgio Vallortigara - Animal Cognition and Neuroscience Laboratory, CIMeC

Paolo Macchi - Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology, CIBIO

Anna Cereseto - Laboratory of Molecular Virology, CIBIO

Sergio Angeli - Faculty of Science and Technology,
Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

Paolo Fontana, Valeria Malagnini - Plant protection and biodiversity in agriculture or forestry unit, Fond. E. Mach, S. Michele all'Adige

Gianfranco Anfora - Center C3A: Agriculture, Food and Environment and Chemical Ecology research group, Fond. E. Mach, S. Michele all'Adige and

Mauro Mandrioli - Department of Life Sciences, University of Modena

Paul Szyszka and Giovanni Galizia - Neurobiology group, University of Konstanz, Germany

Nathan Weisz -  Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Salzburg, Austria

Luca Turin - BSRC Alexander Fleming, Vari, Greece


Macro Paoli - Post Doc

now Post Doc at University of Konstanz, Germany, in the Neurobiology group of Giovanni Galizia

Angela Albi - Master's student

now PhD student at the International Max Planck Research Schools for Organismal Biology in Konstanz, Germany, with Iain Couzin

Mara Andrione - PhD student

now PostDoc at IMP - Research Institute of Molecular Pathology, Vienna, Austria, with Manuel Zimmer

Marco Zanoli - Master's student

now PhD student at the Center for Materials and Microsystems - Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK), Trento

Paolo Guerra - Master's student

now PhD student at University of Groningen, Netherlands, in the Molecular Systems Biology group of Matthias Heinemann

Elisa Rigosi - Post Doc

now PostDoc at the Department of Biology, Lund University, Sweden, in the Functional zoology group

Ben Timberlake - Master's student

now PhD student at the CIMeC Doctoral School in the group of Giorgio Coricelli

Martina Puppi - Master's student

now Research assistant at CIMeC in the group of Giorgio Coricelli

Zahid Safraz - Master's student

now PhD student at the Centre for Micro-Photonics, Swinesburn University of Technology, Australia

Giulia Zanini - Master's student

now PhD student at the Department of Physics, University of Genova/ Italian Istitute of Technology in the group of Alberto Diaspro

Anna Archetti - Master's student

now PhD student in the Doctoral Program in Photonics, EFPL Lausanne, Switzerland, in the group of Suliana Manley

Virginia Belloni - Post Doc

Anna Eriksson - Post Doc

Quentin Baudouin - Post Doc

Francesko Molla - Intern

Gianluca Morciano - Intern

Sofia Micheletti - Intern

Daniele Rama - Intern

Ylenia Fratini - Intern

Sofia Rossi - Intern