what I do and did

Education

Oct 2013 – Feb. 2017 PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience [UPMC/ED3C + UNITN/CIMeC]

Sept 2010- Sept 2012 Master of Science with Honors in Neuropsychology [UNITN]

Sept 2007- July 2010 Bachelor of Science with Honors in Psychology [UNIBO]


Professional Experience

April 2017 – current Post-doctoral scholar with Dr. Maria Luisa Gorno-Tempini [ALBA - UCSF/MAC]

Design, implementation and analysis of behavioral and neuroimaging (fMRI/MEG) experiments with neurodegenerative patients.

Sept 2012 – Sept 2013 Post-graduation internship with Dr. Manuela Piazza [UNICOG]

Design and implementation of fMRI studies; uni- and multi- variate analysis of neuroimaging data.

March 2012 – June 2012 Clinical internship with Dr. Alessia Monti and Prof. Gabriele Miceli [CeRiN]

Neuropsychological assessment of patients; design and implementation of ad hoc experimental tests.

March 2010 – July 2010 Research internship with Prof. Giuseppe di Pellegrino [CsrNC]

Design and implementation of a study combining behavioral data and techniques for neurostimulation (tDCS).


Teaching & Mentoring Experience

2017 – 2018 Supervision of one high school intern (N. Lei) and one undergraduate intern (K. Sierchio), co-supervisor Maria Luisa Gorno-Tempini

2015 – 2017 Supervision of two master theses @ UNITN, co-supervisor Manuela Piazza (S. Melison and D. Spagnolo)

Oct 2014 – Oct 2016 Teaching assistant: English [Mission d’enseignement @ Espace Langues]

May - June 2016 Teaching assistant: Semantic [Current debates in cognitive neuroscience @ Dep. Cognitive Science UNITN]


Collateral Activities

Sept 2018 – onwards: Penne Amiche della Scienza

Sept 2018 – onwards: UCSF Postdoc Interest Group - Cognitive Neuroscience

May 2018 – Co-organizer of the San Francisco chapter of Brainhack

2017– onwards: pen-pal with Letters to a Pre-scientist, classroom chat thanks to Skype a Scientist

2017/2018 Volunteer in STEM afterschool via the UCSF Science Education Program.

June 2015 – Jan 2016 Member of the organizational commitee of Neuroscience Workshop Sacaly (NeWS 2016)

Oct 2013 – Feb 2017 Co-organizer of the Neurobreakfast

bi-monthly gathering of phd students, master interns and young post-docs from all teams @ Neurospin

Oct 2013 – Oct 2016 Co-organizer of the Unsupervised Decoding Meeting

joint meeting of UNICOG and PARIETAL focusing on machine learning and pattern classification techniques


Honours & Awards

June 2016 + June 2017 Fondazione Ermenegildo Zegna 10.000 €

May 2015 – Feb 2017 Université Franco Italienne/Università Italo Francese (UFI/UIF) 4.500 €

May 2014 CAOs (Concepts, Actions and Objects): Best Student Abstract Awards 200 €

2011/2012 Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Cento: bursary for period of studies abroad ~ 1000 €

2011/2012 University of Trento: Erasmus fellowship (study abroad program, 6 months) ~ 1000 €

2010/2012 Collegio di Merito Clesio: housing and supplementary interdisciplinary courses for best master students

2010/2012 University of Trento: full scholarship for two years of master (through Opera Universitaria)

2007/2010 University of Bologna: full scholarship for three years of bachelor (through Er.Go)


More than meets the eye

My family lives in a small town close to Bologna (IT) since...ever. I owe a lot to my roots (not only when it comes to cooking).

My husband, Fabian Pedregosa, is a researcher in computer science and machine learning. He is my favorite tranquilizer, scientist, and human being.