Lab members

Giulia Quattrocolo

Group leader

I started to be interested in Neuroscience during my BS in Biology at the University of Pavia, in Italy, after a class on the neurophysiology of the Pacini’s corpuscle. Fascinated by the topic, I decided to continue my study with a Master in Neurobiology, when I focused my research on the developmental expression of sodium currents in the stellate cells of the entorhinal cortex.

I then moved to Chicago to pursue a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at Northwestern University. During these years, training in the lab of Dr. Gianmaria Maccaferri, I really became fascinated with Cajal-Retzius cells and their role in the development of neuronal circuits. After graduating, I moved to NYC, to work in the lab of Dr. Gord Fishell, at NYU, where I deepened my knowledge in developmental neuroscience, focusing on genetic and environmental factors determining the maturation of interneurons. In 2017 I moved back to Europe, in Norway, to work with Dr. Edvard Moser, at the NTNU, in Trondheim. Here I learned how to do in vivo recordings from freely moving mice to study the role of Cajal-Retzius cells in spatial navigation. Since 2021 I am group leader of the Circuit Development lab at the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience.

In my free time I like to travel the world with my husband and our son, and read about history, especially about the Middle Ages.

Keagan Dunville

Postdoctoral fellow

I am a molecular neurobiologist interested in developmental mechanisms responsible for guiding  neural progenitor fate. I did my BSc. in Chemistry/Biochemistry from Purdue  University where I studied ex vivo human lipid metabolism. From Indiana I moved to Ireland to do my MSc. in Neuroscience at Trinity College Dublin and performed my thesis work on Krabbe’s Disease in vitro. I then moved to Italy to do my PhD in Neurobiology at the Scuola Normale Superiore to study regional fating mechanisms in mammalian stem cell models.

I am currently a Postdoctoral fellow in the Quattrocolo Group.

Outside of work I like to travel with my wife, Shelley, and really enjoy cooking and trying new recipes.


Postdoctoral fellow

I was born and educated in Inner Mongolia, China. After I completed my undergraduate study (2010-2014), I moved to Tokyo, Japan and learned Japanese. In 2016 with completion of Japanese course, I joined the Matsuda Lab at Toyama University to do my MSc, where I learned about behavioural analysis and intracerebroventricular injection technic in Goldfish. In 2018, I joined the Nishijo lab at Toyama University to do my PhD. In my PhD study, I used electrophysiology to record the neuronal activity from the frontal cortex while the mice performed a behavioural task. I am currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Quattrocolo Group.

Besides neuroscience, I like studying different languages, watching movies and reading science fiction.

Ingvild Lynneberg Glærum

Ph.D. student

I have a background in psychology with a bachelor’s degree from NTNU. I completed Master of Science in Neuroscience with the Quattrocolo and I am now a Ph.D. student in the group.

Besides understanding the human mind I aspire to be a powerlifter and I am a certified personal trainer

Kristian Moan

Ph.D. student

I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology from NTNU where I studied psychological perspectives on learning and skill development. I moved on to do my MSc. in neuroscience with the Witter group at the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience, NTNU. During my master’s I worked on 3D-reconstruction and structural analysis of layer II neurons in the entorhinal cortex, focusing on synaptic density and distribution over dendritic segments. I am currently a Ph.D student in the Quattrocolo group

In my free time I am a big movie and video game nerd, but I also love graphic design, drawing, and painting

Marie Eggset

Master student

I have a bachelor’s degree in Movement Science from NTNU with courses in biology and psychology. At the moment, I’m doing my master’s degree in Neuroscience

In my free time I like to draw and run

Sonja Maria Mellberg

Master student

I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology from NTNU. Currently, I am pursuing my masters degree in neurosciences. I am working with a masters project in the Quattrocolo lab where I study the entorhinal cortex. 

In my free time I like to run, go hiking and skiing.

Maike Krause

Staff Engineer

I am biochemist trained in molecular biology and protein biochemistry. After my studies, I received a doctorate in Biotechnology from the Technical University in Munich. Before joining the Kavli Institute, I worked as a Post-doc in the Department of Cellular Physiology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University and Food Microbiology at the University of Hohenheim.

I am currently a Staff Engineer in the Quattrocolo group.

In my free time I love cooking, riding my bikes, reading, and designing my own cloths.

Bianca Ana Zaharia

Lab Manager

I have a background in molecular biology and biotechnology. I have a master degree in Neurobiology from Pavia University and I previously worked at the Kavli Institute for System Neuroscience focusing on the investigation of neuronal circuitry by applying advanced molecular techniques. 

I am currently a Lab Manager in the Quattrocolo group.

Beside my love for Neuroscience, I like spending my free time writing music and poems.