25 June 2018 to 3 July 2018
Europe/Rome timezone

Participants' Concrete Space

Lucie Descamps

I am Lucie and I am a research assistant at UCL. I will start my PhD  as  an M-Gate fellow at NTNU this summer and I am  interested   in  memory consolidation in the anterior cingulate cortex





Michelangelo Naim

I'm Michelangelo Naim, an M-GATE fellow and a 1st year PhD student at Weizmann Institute of Science. I have a background in theoretical physics and the field of theoretical and computational neuroscience has increasingly attracted me in the course of my academic path, in particular in my master's thesis. Now I'm interested in understanding how information is stored in the brain.



Francesca Schonsberg

I am a first year MGATE Ph.D. student in LIMBO group (SISSA). I am interested in theoretical aspects of the dynamics underlying spatial and episodic memory.




Aldo Battista
I'm Aldo Battista, I am a 1st-year PhD student in Theoretical Physics at ENS Paris. I am interested in statistical physics of disordered systemsapplied to computational neuroscience and machine learning.





Eva-Maria Griesbauer
In October 2017 I started a PhD at UCL under Dr Hugo Spiers to study how we learn and use our knowledge of an environmental to plan routes. Currently I am studying licensed London taxi drivers, who have a unique knowledge of the London street network and places of interest. They use this knowledge to navigate between any two points in London without consulting a visual map.




Wesley Clawson

My name is Wesley Clawson, a PhD student in Neuroscience at Aix-Marseille University apart of the Institut de Neurosciences des Systemes laboratory. I received my undergraduate degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering and a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Arkansas in the United States. My research during my Master's focused on finding and describing critical phenomenon in the visual cortex of turtles, their associated functional benefits and mechanisms that might be responsible for their regulation. Currently I'm interested in examining the computational properties of neuronal circuits within regions of the brain through electrophysiological recordings in rats. I'm also interested in re-examining typical neurophysiological techniques and searching outside fields for new ways to visualize and analyze data.  



Delin Pu

I am a 1st-year PhD student in international max plank research school of neural circuits at max plank institute for brain research, my background is in neurobiology. I am interested in memory consolidation.




Soledad Gonzalo Cogno

My name is Soledad Gonzalo Cogno, I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience (Trondheim, Norway). My background is in physics and computational neuroscience. I aim at combining this knowledge with state-of-the-art experiments to elucidate how neurons are functionally connected, and how those interactions enable navigation.



Iván Davidovich

My name is Iván Davidovich, I am finishing my PhD in Physics at Instituto Balseiro (Bariloche, Argentina) but I currently live in Trondheim, Norway. I am transitioning from particle physics to neuroscience and machine learning. As part of that, I'm now collaborating with researchers at the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience in analysing neural data to understand how neurons are functionally connected, and how such connections depend on the whether the animal is awake or asleep.



Kamil Filip Tomaszewski


Hello everyone! I'm Kamil, a 3rd year PhD candidate form Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology in Warsaw. I'm having fun by studying the memory circuits.




Oleksandra Soldatkina

I am Ole, I am an M-Gate fellowand I am a 1st-year PhD student in Cognitive Neuroscience at SISSA,
my background is in mathematics. I am interested in theory of memory storage for sequences.





Nicolás Vattuone


I am Nicolás Vattuone, I am from Bariloche, Argentina. I'm a 3rd-year PhD student in Neuroscience at Instituto Balseiro. My background is in Physics. I am interested in metric properties of neural representations, working mainly in vision and spatial navigation.




Andrea Crisafulli

I'm Andrea Crisafulli, a Phd student in the Joint Phd Program in Cognitive Neuroscience in the University of Bologna. My background is psychology. I'm currently interested in spontaneous thoughts and construction of inferential memories.




Charline Tessereau

I am Charline, a first year PhD student at the University of Nottingham, my research focus on building models of the hippocampus in spatial navigation, at the moment using reinforcement learning. My global interests are around learning in general, including how do we extract structures from the environment, allowing us to form analogies and perform very fast learning...



Anumita Samanta

I am Anumita Samanta, a first year PhD student at the Memory Dynamics lab, Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands. My background is in molecular and cellular neuroscience. I am interested in investigating the role of sleep in memory consolidation across rodents and humans.




Davide Spalla

I'm Davide, a second year PhD student in LIMBO (SISSA). I am
interested in theoretical models of memory and space representation,
and my work focuses on the study of the computational proprieties of
grid cells and place cells ensembles.




Alessio Quaresima

I am Alessio Quaresima, graduated in Theoretical Physics with strong interests towards  Linguistic and Artificial Intelligence. I am fascinated by cognitive neuroscience and want to start a PhD in this field. I have focused my attention on the characterization and analysis of neural networks: does exist a structure which maximizes the retrieval abilities and storing capacity?



Edyta Balcerek

I’m Edyta Balcerek , I’m 3rd-year PhD student of Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology in Warsaw, my background is biotechnology.

I’m interested in navigation and spatial memory formation.




Christoffer Gahnström

I am a master student studying Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Amsterdam and starting October I will be a PhD student at UCL as an M-GATE fellow. I'm interested in using computational models to investigate fundamental neural mechanisms underlying cognition. 




Tomasz Nikolaev

I am second year PhD student in Neurobiology of Emotion Laboratory in the Nencki Institute, in Warsaw, Poland. I work on emotional contagion in mouse models of Autism Spectrum Disorder.





Laura Meneghetti

I am Laura Meneghetti, I am a 2-nd year Master student in Mathematics at the University of Padova. I am interesting in the applications of mathematics and in particular to those connected with brain and memory.




Oscar Chadney

I will be starting the 1st year of my PhD as an M-Gate fellow on the 1st of June in Systems Neuroscience at NTNU. I have a background in Biology/Neuroscience and I will be focusing on the emergence of spatial receptive fields on the entorhinal/hippocampal axis within the Kentros group. 




Tara Ghafari

I am an MD-PhD candidate, now working on early detection of Alzheimer's disease. I am also interested in the temporal orienting of attention. I attached one picture of mine below.





Mohammad Reza Soltanipour

I am Mohammad Reza Soltanipour, I have recently graduated with a
bachelor degree of Physics at Sharif University of Technology in
Tehran, and I am going to start my master program in cognitive
neuroscience provided by SISSA and University of Trento. My main
scientific interest involves studying how neural activity at the
network level encodes the information, and how this information
processing can leads to formation of the memory.


Lorenzo Posani

PhD student at Laboratoire de Physique Statistique, Ecole Normale Superieure (Paris). I am interested in the application of statistical physics to the investigation of biological systems, and the other way round - how biological questions can inspire interesting problems in statistical physics. Currently working on the memory storage and representation of spatial navigation in the hippocampus.



My name is Shafa Jaffal, a Research Assistant at the Palestinian Neuroscience Initiative (PNI). I graduated from Al-Quds University Bard College (AQB) with a Bachelor's degree in Biology. I joined the PNI in 2016 as an undergraduate researcher. Through the PNI, I worked on my senior project and continued on studying the effects of hormonal fluctuations in healthy women on cognitive function during the menstrual cycle. Lastly, I have recently joined the Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) project in which we study the pathophysiology of different learning and decision-making deficits by quantifying cognitive performance.



Hala Khalawi

Hala Khalawi is a post-bachelor researcher at the Palestinian Neuroscience Initiative (PNI).

Hala's interest in the brain drove her to join the PNI in 2016 as an undergraduate research assistant in which she started exploring neuroscience research examining cognitive correlates in women in health and sickness. Through this, she got exposed to different psychiatric and neurological disorders. Afterwards, she started inquiring about multidisciplinary topics in brain research especially, the synchronicity of the brain and the mind and its connection to mental wellness. Recently, she joined a research group that investigates cognitive performance and the pathophysiological underpinnings of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Currently, Hala is planning to obtain her master's at King's College London in the field of Clinical Neruopsychiatry starting this September. 






Matteo Guardamagna

I am Matteo Guardamagna, an M-GATE fellow and a first year PhD student in Neuroscience in the Memory Dynamics Lab at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour. My background in cognitive neuroscience and in-vivo electrophysiology in rodents. I'm currently interested in the interactions of different neural oscillation within the deep and superficial CA1 sublayers and their contribution to memory encoding and place field remapping.


Artem Vorobyev

My name is Artem Vorobyev, I am an M-Gate fellow and this summer I am beginning my PhD project at INSERM. My background is in physics. I am interested in neurophotonics and data science.


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