Michele Giugliano graduated in Electronic Engineering in 1997 at the Univ. of Genova (Italy), and received his PhD in Bioengineering and Computational Neuroscience in 2001 from the Polytechnic of Milan (Italy).
He then received an award from the Human Frontiers Science Program Organisation to pursue postdoctoral training in experimental cell electrophysiology at the Inst. of Physiology of the Univ. of Bern (Switzerland), working with Prof. Hans-Rudolf Luescher and Prof. Stefano Fusi.
In 2005, he joined as junior group leader the experimental laboratory of Prof. Henry Markram at the Brain Mind Institute of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne. In 2008 he was appointed faculty at the University of Antwerpen (Belgium), taking over the Theoretical Neurobiology lab founded by Prof. Erik De Schutter and extending its scope to interdisciplinary research in experimental neuroscience and neuroengineering. During the period 2013-2015, he was also visiting scientist at the Neuroelectronics Flanders Institute at IMEC, Leuven.
From 2016 to 2019, he was full professor in Antwerp and he has served visiting academic positions at the University of Sheffield (UK). Today, since 2019, he has been Principal Investigator and lab director at the International School of Advanced Studies (SISSA) of Trieste, Italy, where he relocated his team.
Since 2008, Michele Giugliano has taught Computational Neurobiology to undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of backgrounds in Life Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Physics, and Computer Science.
Michele Giugliano’s research activities lays at the interface among cell electrophysiology, computational neuroscience, and neurotechnology. He discovered the rapid time-scales associated to neuronal excitability in the rodent and human cortex, and pioneered the use of nanomaterials for building interfaces between artificial devices and the neural tissue.
Mario Negrello obtained a mechanical engineering degree in Brazil (1997), and later after a period in the industry (VW, 1999-2004) obtained his Masters degree (2006) and PhD (summa cum laude) in Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrück in Germany, in 2009. At the Fraunhofer Institute in Sankt Augustin (Germany) for Intelligent Dynamics and Autonomous Systems, he researched artificial evolution of neural network controllers for autonomous robots (2007/08). This work was awarded a scholarship by the International Society of Neural Networks (INNS) to sponsor an eight-month period (2008/09) as a visiting researcher at the Computational Synthesis Lab at the Aerospace Engineering department of the Cornell University in USA (with Hod Lipson). In his first post doctoral period he acted a group leader at the Computational Neuroscience laboratory at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (with Erik De Schutter). He now is assistant professor in computational neuroscience in the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, where he combines empirical research and computational models (dept. head Chris De Zeeuw). He is also head of the Neurocomputing lab in Rotterdam. Mario Negrello has published in the fields of Machine Learning, Cognitive Robotics, Artificial Life, Evolutionary Robotics, Neuroethology and Neuroscience, as well as a monograph published by Springer US in the Series Cognitive and Neural systems entitled Invariants of Behavior (2012).
Daniele Linaro received his MSc in Electronic Engineering from the Univ. of Genoa (Italy) in 2007 and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the same university in 2011.
In the same year, he was awarded a fellowship from the Flemish Research Foundation - FWO to conduct postdoctoral work in the Laboratory of Theoretical Neurobiology and Neuroengineering at the University of Antwerp, under the supervision of Prof. Michele Giugliano, where he used dynamic-clamp to elucidate the computational capabilities of different cell types in the rodent cortex.
In 2015 he moved to the Laboratory of Cortical Development at VIB (Leuven, Belgium), under the supervision of Prof. Pierre Vanderhaeghen, where he studied the protracted electrophysiological and morphological development of human cortical neurons grafted in the rodent cortex.
Since 2014, he holds a position as Visiting Scientist at Janelia Research Campus in collaboration with the laboratory of Dr. Nelson Spruston, where he investigates the network properties of different cell types in the rodent hippocampus.
Since 2018, he is Assistant Professor in the Department of Electronics, Information Technology and Bioengineering at the Polytechnic of Milan.
Throughout his career, Daniele Linaro has always been fascinated by the computational capabilities of single neurons and has been working to bridge the gap between computational and experimental approaches to studying and modelling the rodent and human brain.