The main aim of my research is to understand the activity of single neurons and populations of neurons in the visual system, to uncover the neural correlates of perceptual decisions. I seek to understand how the visual system is wired up and to find simple mathematical expressions to describe its output. A goal for my research is to predict a neuron's responses to arbitrary, complex visual stimuli.
However, the activity in the visual system depends not only on visual stimuli, but also on what the rest of the brain is doing. My main effort, therefore, focuses on understanding how the visual system integrates sensory inputs from the eyes and lateral inputs from the brain. This work is done in close collaboration with Kenneth Harris, with whom I share the Cortical Processing Laboratory.
The long-term goal is a cohesive understanding of how the brain processes visual information. This goal probably won’t be achieved in my lifetime for the human brain, but for the mouse brain it might.
In the past I have helped run the Computational and Systems Neuroscience meeting and more recently I have run the 2009, 2012, and 2015 workshops on Canonical Neural Computation. I also helped organize the 2014 workshop on Modeling Variability in Neuronal Populations.
Some random thoughts about neuroscience and science careers are in this interview. Or on page 9 of this publication. There is also a very brief interview from 2014. If you can read Italian, you get a bit of a back story here. Finally, here are the citations to my work on Google Scholar, and this is where I stand in the big tree. And of possible interest is my collection of failed Neuron covers.
- 1990, Laurea in Mathematical Physics, University of Rome
- 1995, PhD in Neural Science, New York University
- 1996, Postdoctoral fellow, Northwestern University
- 1997, Research Associate, New York University
- 1998, Oberassistent, University of Zurich and ETH Zurich
- 2000, Assistant Professor (Professeur Boursier SNF), ETH Zurich
- 2002, Scientist, Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute
- 2005, Senior Scientist, Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute
- 2007, Professor, University College London
My email address is my first name @cortexlab.net.