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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. proposed by quantum biology) and the application of experimental techniques which go beyond standard neuroscience approaches (nonlinear microscopy, all optical stimulation/readout). My team is formed by neuroscientists, biologists, engineers, and physicists that like to work in an interdisciplinary environment on a variety of questions to be tested in small brain models.

albrecht.haase [at]



Ettore Tiraboschi

I'm a biologist with experience in the field of biology and pharmacology of psychiatric disorders, neuronal plasticity, and Epilepsy. I'm interested in shifting my point of view from the biological aspects of neuroscience towards the study of the mechanisms underlying cognitive functions of the brain.



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Florencia Scarano

I am interested in perception, in how neural circuits process sensory information and govern behaviours. I like to study how behaviours are shaped by ecological and evolutionary factors, and how stimuli in the environment affect sensory capabilities and neural circuits of different animals. In my previous research, I did behavioural experiments, electrophysiological intracellular recordings and morphological reconstruction of neurons in order to study visual processing of movements in crabs. Currently, I am studying ant-plant interactions. By using optical neuro-imaging methods I study the influence of plant-derived neuroactive chemicals on the olfactory pathway in the ant’s brain.

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PhD students

Applications welcome for 2021 (call will be opened around March 2021) !


Master's students

Mukilan Deivarajan Suresh





m.deivarajansuresh [at]


Simone Monachino





simone.monachino [at]


Gianluca Segata 





gianluca.segata [at]


Nicola Calliari





nicola.calliari-1 [at]




Alessandro Nigi

from the University College Utrecht




a.nigi [at]



Renzo Antolini - External consultant, former Head of the Biophysics and Biosignals Laboratory, Department of Physics

Giorgio Vallortigara - Animal Cognition and Neuroscience Laboratory, CIMeC

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, Pergine (TN)

Gianfranco Anfora - Centre Agriculture, Food, and Environment (C3A)  and Chemical Ecology research group, Fond. E. Mach, S. Michele all'Adige (TN)

Martin Beye - Institute for Evolutionary Genetics, University of Düsseldorf, Germany

Jean-Christophe Sandoz - Evolbee Research Team (Evolution, Genomes, Behavior and Ecology), Centre National de 'la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France

Paul Szyszka - Department of Zoology, University of Otago, New Zealand

Giovanni Galizia - Neurobiology group, University of Konstanz, Germany

Nathan Weisz -  Salzburg Brain Dynamics Lab, University of Salzburg, Austria

Luca Turin - Institute for Fundamental Biomedical Research (IFBR), BSRC Alexander Fleming, Vari, Greece

Stefano Mancuso - International Laboratory of  Plant Neurobiology, University of Firenze

Franco Faoro - Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences - Production, Landscape, Agroenergy, University of Milano

Donato Antonio Grasso - Myrmecology Lab, Department of Chemistry, Life Sciences and Environmental Sustainability, University of Parma

Massimo Nepi - Department of Life Sciences, University of Siena



Luca Del Torre - PhD

Amelie Cabirol - Postdoc

now Postdoc at the University of Lausanne in the Department of Fundamental Microbiology with Philipp Engel

Mirko Zanon - PhD student

now Postdoc at CIMeC with Giorgio Vallortigara

Macro Paoli - Postdoc

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

Damiano Zanini - Postdoc

now Postdoc at the University of Würzburg, Institute of Neurobiology and Genetics, in the group of Charlotte Förster

Anna Eriksson - Postdoc

now at the Communication Group at Fondazione Mach Research and Innovation Centre

Mara Andrione - PhD student

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

Elisa Rigosi - Postdoc

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

Neloy Kumar Chakroborty - Visiting scientist

now at Thapar School of Liberal Arts & Sciences, TIET, Patiala, Punjab

Angela Albi - Master's student

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

Paolo Guerra - Master's student

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

Ben Timberlake - Master's student

now Postdoc at CIMeC 

Giulia Zanini - Master's student

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

Anna Archetti - Master's student

now Postdoc at the University of Padova, in the group of Marco Dal Maschio

Virginia Belloni - Postdoc

Quentin Baudouin - Postdoc

Sarah Chehaimi - Master's student

Miriam Nodari - Master's student

Sara Bariselli - Master's student

Marco Zanoli - Master's student

Martina Puppi - Master's student

Zahid Safraz - Master's student

Marie Fayolle - Intern

Francesko Molla - Intern

Cecilia Zuglian - Intern

Gianluca Morciano - Intern

Sofia Micheletti - Intern

Daniele Rama - Intern

Ylenia Fratini - Intern

Sofia Rossi - Intern