My Brain: Freesurfer, T1 MRI, DTI V1 and a slow wave



Education and Research Experience

Postdoctoral Fellow
with Prof. Nick Ramsey and Dr. Natalia Petridou at the University Medical Hospital, Utrecht, from Apr 2017
Postdoctoral Fellow
with S.S. Cash at the Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School, Boston in Jan 2015-Apr 2017
Study of the effects of sleep on the connectivity between distant brain regions using EEG and intracranial recordings.
Graduate Research Assistant
with S.S. Cash at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston in Sep 2013-Dec 2014
Ph.D. Student
with E.J.W. van Someren at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, Amsterdam in Sep 2008-July 2013
Analysis of brain activity during sleep, using high-density EEG, MEG and fMRI, with particular focus on slow wave activity, memory replay during sleep, effects on wake performance and insomnia.
Research Assistant
with D.M. Eagleman at the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, in Nov 2007-Aug 2008
Research on time perception and time illusions. In particular, analysis of EEG data on oscillatory activity comparing illusory motion reversal and binocular rivalry.
M. Sc. Cognitive Neuroscience, Cum Laude
Specialization Psycholinguistics, at Radboud University Nijmegen in Aug 2005-Sep 2007
with P. Hagoort, T. M. Snijders at the F. C. Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging, Nijmegen, in Sep 2006-Aug 2007.
MEG experiment on word category ambiguity in sentence processing.
B. A. Philosophy
with R. Fabbrichesi Leo at the Università degli Studi di Milano in Sep 2001-Jul 2005.




Professional Affiliations

SfN: Society for Neuroscience, since 2008
ESRS: European Sleep Research Society, 2011-2012
HBM: Human Brain Mapping, since 2010
ASSC: Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, since 2012
NSWO: Nederlandse Vereniging voor Slaap-Waak Onderzoek [Netherlands Society for Sleep Wake Research], since 2008

Reviewer for

Brain Topography, Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, Human Brain Mapping, Neuroimage, Psychophysiology, Sleep

Analysis Skills

MNE Python sensor- and source-space analysis of EEG/MEG recordings
Personal Code at for:
  • phypno: Tools and graphical interface for sleep scoring of EEG data, and scripts for detection of sleep events, such as slow waves, spindles and REM
Personal Code at for:
  • eventbased: event-related analysis of EEG data
  • detectsleep: detection of slow waves, spindles, REM
  • mri2lead: preparationg of individual EEG forward model
  • dti: pipeline for DTI analysis
FieldTrip co-developer
FASST SPM 8 fMRI analysis
ExploreDTI DTI: Deterministic Tractography
FSL DTI: TBSS and Probabilistic Tractography
MNE Sensor- and source-space analysis of EEG/MEG recordings
Freesurfer Reconstruction of cortical surface based on MRI
lme4 Linear Mixed Models
ggplot2 Plotting System
RStudio Great IDE for R
Distributed Version Control
Other Computer Languages
Operating Systems
GNU/Linux (Arch Linux, Debian)
Windows (XP, 7)


Italian: native.
English: TOEFL (3/9/2005): 263/300
Dutch: Staatsexamen [State exam], Nederlands als Tweede Taal (4/24/2007)
German: Deutsche Sprachprüfung für Hochschulzugang (DSH): sehr gut (July 2003)
Lombard: Good comprehension.

Author Identification Code

ORCID: 0000-0002-5308-926X
SCOPUS ID: 54385703700

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