PhD in Physics 2017, University of Trieste, Italy
I received my PhD in Physics from University of Trieste. My research focuses on understanding how networks of neurons work and on how experiments can shed light on the equations governing neural dynamics. In the Leifer Lab, I am measuring the network response functions – the functional connectivity - of the brain of the nematode C. elegans combining optogenetic perturbation of neurons and simultaneous whole-brain imaging of the responses of all other neurons. To interpret the data and understand how it relates to neural dynamics more broadly, I adapted nonequilibrium Green’s functions from condensed matter physics to the description of networks of neurons.