My passion is to generate valuable and actionable insights from our complex environment through robust protocol design, clever data organization, and advanced analysis techniques. I enjoy developing strategies for clinical evaluation and designing experimental studies, but also writing Python/R analysis code and presenting the findings to a wide audience. I achieve my goals by challenging myself and by collaborating with similarly driven colleagues.

My Work Experience

Oct 2021 - current


Neurocast B.V., Amsterdam, NL

Develop features and analytical tools to assess fatigue and sleep problems from passive smartphone interactions

Apr 2017 - Sep 2021

Postdoctoral Researcher

Department of Neurology & Neurosurgery, UMC Utrecht, Utrecht, NL
  • Lead person in acquisition of brain recordings and handling confidential information
  • Designed database to organize research data (150 patients, 2500 experiments)
  • Applied machine-learning algorithms to model and predict brain activity
  • Developed automated pipelines for analysis of electrophysiological and MRI data
Sep 2013 - Apr 2017

Postdoctoral Researcher

Department of Neurology, Mass General Hospital
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
  • Developed automatic detection of markers of sleep and epilepsy
  • Created a graphical user interface for sleep scoring in Python
Nov 2007 - Aug 2008

Research Assistant

Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

My Education

Sep 2008 - Jul 2013

Ph.D. Student

Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, Amsterdam, NL

Analyzed brain recordings to determine insomnia and its daytime consequences

Aug 2005 - Sep 2007

M.Sc. Cognitive Neuroscience

Radboud University Nijmegen, NL

cum laude, Psycholinguistics track

Sep 2001 - Jul 2005

B.A. Philosophy

Università Statale degli Studi, Milano, I

Thesis on Diagrams and Representation of Reality in C.S. Pierce
Sep 2002 - Jul 2003: Exchange student at Philipps-Universität Marburg

My Skills

Interpersonal Skills

  • Mentorship and Leadership
    • Supervision of 10 students
    • representative of Ph.D. students
    • chair of several task forces within research group
  • Collaboration Establishment and maintenance of collaboration with several institutes within the Netherlands, within Europe and in the US
  • Clinical Link Contact person for doctors, clinical coordinators and nurses
  • Work under Pressure Coordination of data acquisition in the operating room during open brain surgery

Analytical Skills

  • Statistics
    • linear / logistic regression
    • multilevel mixed-effects analysis
    • longitudinal analysis
    • survival analysis
    • bootstrap / jackknife estimates
  • Signal Processing
    • Fourier analysis
    • Filtering
    • Kalman filter
    • cross-correlation
    • Granger causality
  • Machine Learning
    • linear discriminant analysis
    • support vector machine
    • cluster analysis
    • random forests
    • Markov chains
  • Data Organization Design of relational databases of clinical and research data