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Principal Investigator

Sang Ah Lee

Sang Ah received her Bachelor’s degree from Caltech and her PhD from Harvard University. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences at the University of Trento. She is interested in the evolutionary and developmental origins of spatial cognition and its neural correlates in the vertebrate hippocampal formation.

Email: sangah.lee [at]
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Marilina Mastrogiuseppe

Marilina is interested in atypical social and spatial cognitive development in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Williams Syndrome (WS). During her PhD she investigated gestural communication and social skills in children with ASD and other clinical populations.

Email: m.mastrogiuseppe-1 [at]



PhD Students

Rachel Bushan PhotoRachel Bhushan

Rachel’s main research interest focuses on spatial representation and memory. She is using rodent animal models (rats and mice) to investigate the neural basis of spatial memory using various behavioral paradigms, immunohistochemistry (Immediate early gene staining), and rest-state MRI.

email: rachel.bhushan [at]



Photo Eugenia GianniEugenia Gianni

Eugenia's research interest is on the origins of spatial representation and memory. For her doctoral research, she uses behavioral tasks in children across a wide age range to investigate the development of spatial representations (such as the use of geometry and landmarks). 

email: eugenia.gianni [at]



Master Students

Photo Natasha BertelsenNatasha Bertelsen

Natasha joined the lab in October 2014, after attending the Harvard Summer Program in Mind/Brain Sciences. She's attending her graduate research in cognitive neuroscience.
Email: natasha.bertelsen [at]




Photo Guenda ScialancaporeGuenda Sciancalepore

Prior to joining the Master’s program at CIMeC, Guenda received her bachelor’s degree in Digital Communication from the University of Milan and did an internship at Microsoft. Her main interests are in HCI, developing virtual reality environments or AI systems. Her thesis research involves developing and testing adult spatial memory within virtual reality environments created for the Oculus Rift.




Photo Chiara Capparini

Chiara Capparini

Chiara is interested in typical and atypical cognitive development, memory, and psychiatric disorders. Before pursuing her Master’s studies, she spent three years at the S. Gerardo Paediatric Neuropsychiatric Hospital in Monza, carrying out rehabilitation programs for children with neuropsychiatric conditions.




Photo Anna GuiAngelica Bordignon

Angelica is attending her master degree in psycology - Neuroscience. Her thesis is about episodic memory and communication in narrative, in children ranging from 4 to 9 years. The aim of her project is to investigate verbal and non verbal communication as well as episodic memory during a narrative task.




Photo Iacopo HachenLaura De Zorzi

Laura is attending her master degree in Neuroscience. Her thesis is about riorientation skills in children aged between 2 and 7 years. She's testing how children reorient themself in a rectangular arena in different conditions.





Photo Steve Poulter

Steve Poulter

Steven began his postdoctoral research doing electrophysiology in the rat hippocampal formation, as a part of a collaborative project on boundary representations in spatial mapping between Dr. Lee and Dr. Colin Lever of Durham University. He is currently continuing that work in Durham, England.




Photo Anna GuiAnna Gui

Anna is attending her PhD programm at Birkbeck, University of London. Her research area concern the development of geometric concepts. She recently spent 5 months at the Laboratoire de Psychologie de la Perception in Paris, where she conducted a study on toddlers’ capacity to navigate by geometric properties of 3D large-scale arrays and of 2D m. 

Photo Iacopo Hachen
Iacopo Hachen

Iacopo is attending his internship at Sissa (International School for Advanced Studies, Trieste). His background is in biology and is interested specifically in neurobiology. His work in the lab involves using immunohistochemistry to look for activations of sub-areas of the chick hippocampus following various spatial memory tasks.