Mondino collaborators

Casiraghi LetiziaLetizia Casiraghi (MRI laboratory) Post-Doc Physiology
Letizia ​holds a degree in Psychology (University of Pavia​)​​ and a specialization in Experimental Psychology (University of Pavia​)​​. ​​She prepared her master thesis in collaboration with the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC, University of Trento). She obtained her PhD in Psychology on multimodal MRI and Alzheimer Disease.

  • Techniques: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), functional MRI (task-related fMRI, resting state fMRI) and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).
  • Research field: analysis of the dynamical properties of functional connectivity (FC) in resting state networks (RSNs) in both healthy and pathological subjects (Alzheimer Disease and Autism Spectrum Disorder​), cerebellar role in cognitive functions.

Gloria CastelCastellazzi fotolazzi (MRI laboratory) Post-doc in Biomedical Engineering.
Gloria holds a degree in Biomedical Engineering (University of Pavia), a specialization in Biomedical Engineering (Biomedical Technologies) from the University of Pavia and a PhD in Bioengineering and Bioinformatics (University of Pavia in collaboration with the C. Mondino National Neurological Institute).

  • Techniques: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), functional MRI (task-related fMRI, resting state fMRI), functional connectomics, perfusion MRI, machine learning.
  • Research field: development and optimisation of MR sequences; analysis of the dynamical properties of functional connectivity (FC) in resting state networks (RSNs) in both healthy and pathological subjects; investigation of functional cortico-cerebellar circuits in both healthy and pathological human brains by means of functional connectomics techniques; machine learning on MRI data; development of predictive models of disease progression through data mining application.


De Rinaldis AAndrea De Rinaldis (MRI laboratory) ​PhD Student ​in Biomedical Engineering​.​
Andrea holds a bachelor degree in Clinical Engineer​ing​ (“Sapienza” University of Rome) and a master degree in Biomedical Engineering (“Sapienza” University of Rome).

  • MRI techniques: Diffusion MRI​ (DTI, HARDI), deterministic and probabilistic tractography, Constrain Spherical Deconvolution (CSD)​ and Track Density Imaging (TDI)​.
  • Research field: cerebello-cortical loop structural connections both in healthy subjects and in pathological conditions.​ Development of MR sequences.


Savini GiovanniGiovanni Savini (MRI laboratory) PhD student in Physics (University of Milan).
Giovanni holds a bachelor degree in Physics (University of Pavia) and a master degree in Biomedical Physics (University of Pavia). His master thesis work was held at the Institute of Neurology, UCL (London, UK) under the supervision of Claudia A. M. Gandini Wheeler-Kingshott.

  • Techniques: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), diffusion MRI, probabilistic tractography, resting state functional MRI, connectomics.
  • Research field: development and optimization of MRI sequences, structural and functional connectome of the cerebellum.

Cattaneo ZairaZaira Cattaneo (responsible of TMS laboratory)
Since 2008 Zaira works as a Researcher in neuroscience at the University of Milano-Bicocca, and she holds a collaboration with the BCC since 2010. Zaira holds a Ph.d. in Psychology (2006, University of Pavia), and a 3-years advanced degree at the Institute for Advanced Study (IUSS, Pavia, 2006). From 2003 to 2009 Zaira has spent several months as a research fellow at the Helmholtz Institute of Utrecht University, at the University of Rochester (US), and at Harvard Medical School (US). In 2012, for her promising research, she received a Basic research investment fund (FIRB) by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR). In 2015 Zaira was awarded by the European Society of Cognitive Psychology (ESCOP) the Paul Bertelson Award, assigned every two years to an outstanding young scientist for making a significant contribution to European Cognitive Psychology. For more info, see

  • Techniques: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS)
  • Research field: neural bases of perceptual, attentional and cognitive processes mainly using non-invasive brain stimulation techniques; neuroaesthetics; attentional bias; sensory deprivation; face processing; social cognition.
  • De Propris LiciaLicia De Propris (EEG and TMS laboratory) Post-doc Physiology
    Licia holds a degree in Biology (“La Sapienza University of Rome”) and a specialization in Neurobiology (University of Pavia).  She prepared her Master thesis at the Netherland institut of Neuroscience of Amsterdam, in Chris De Zeeuw’s lab. She hold a PhD in Biomedical Sciences (Unversity of Pavia) and she spent part of this at the Erasmus MC of Rotterdam, in Chris De Zeeuw’s lab, as a visiting PhD student.

    • Techniques: Elettroencephalography (EEG), in-vivo Patch clamp recordings; Patch Clamp recording on cerebellar slices; Multielectrode array recordings (MEA).
    • Research field: characterization of the connection between prefrontal cortex and cerebellum in humans. Plasticity of cerebellar Purkinje cells in vivo and in vitro.
    • OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJessica Monaco (TMS laboratory) Post-Doc ​in ​Biomedical Sciences
      Jessica holds a degree in ​Biological Sciences (University of Pavia)​,​ a ​specialization in ​Neurobiology (University of Pavia) and a PhD in ​Biomedical Sciences (University of Pavia in C. Mondino National Neurological Institute in collaboration with Sobell Department of Motor Neuroscience and Motor Disorders, Prof: JC Rothwell, UCL London).

      • Techniques: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Theta-burst stimulation (TBS), Electromyography (EMG), Motor Evoked Potentials (MEPs), Eyeblink classical conditioning (EBCC) recordings
      • Research field: investigation of the cerebello-thamalo-cortical connections (CTCCs) by transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), study of the sensori-motor learning in eyeblink classical conditioning EBCC in healthy subjects

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