Quattrocolo lab opening soon!

I am happy to announce that starting in January 2021, I will start my own research group at the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience, at the NTNU, in Trondheim, Norway.

Research in the Quattrocolo group will focus on understanding the development of cortical circuits. In particular we will focus on the circuits of the hippocampal formation, looking at the mechanisms guiding their establishment and at the role played by specific cell types in their maturation. We will take advantage of several techniques, from anatomical tracing and immunohistochemistry to transcriptomics, from in vitro patch-clamp recordings to in vivo recordings from freely moving mice.

The group has dedicated space for our research in the Kavli Institute, as well as access to state-of-the-art facilities through NORBRAIN, and through the Core Facilities at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

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I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience at NTNU, Trondheim, under the supervision of Dr. Edvard Moser. My long-term career goal is to understand the role of different types of neurons in the development of neuronal circuits.

During the development of the nervous system, millions of neurons are generated in specific regions, from where they migrate to populate different areas of the brain. Once neurons are in their final position they start to talk to each other creating synapses and neuronal networks. Interestingly, some of these circuits will only be present during development. But not only. There are specific types of neurons that are present only at this stage.

During my Ph.D. I became fascinated with one of these transient types of neurons, the Cajal-Retzius cells. These cells play a fundamental role during brain development, by releasing a protein that guides other neurons in place. Cajal-Retzius cells are present in all the cortical regions of the brains, but while in the neocortex they die soon after birth, they survive much longer in some areas of the brain, such as the hippocampal region. Why? What role do they have during these stages of postnatal development?

My research focuses on answering these questions, by combining molecular, cellular and system neuroscience techniques to unravel the function of Cajal-Retzius cells. The project has received funding in 2019 from the European Commission through a MSCA Individual fellowship.

In this website you will find updates about my project, publications and conferences.