The Neural Coding Laboratory is a shared interdisciplinary initiative between Stefano Panzeri and Tommaso Fellin. The laboratory aims to crack the neural code by understanding the cellular mechanisms underlying the encoding, processing and transfer of information in neuronal circuits.
To achieve these goals, we combine state-of-the-art recording of neural activity (single and multiple unit activity, local field potentials, patch-clamp recordings, two-photon imaging) and causal manipulation of neural activity (single- and two-photon patterned optogenetics) with advanced analytical approaches (information theory, causal analysis) and realistic modeling of neural network dynamics.
Cellular mechanisms underlying brain state transitions
Cellular determinants of sensory information processing
Novel technologies to crack the brain code underlying perception
Advanced algorithms for the analysis of imaging and electrophysiological data
The interdisciplinary activity of the Neural Coding Laboratory is spread across two highly interacting units. Experimental activities are carried out in the Department of Neuroscience and Brain Technologies at IIT Genova. Theoretical research is mostly carried out in the Center for Neuroscience and Cognitive Systems at IIT Rovereto. The laboratory is equipped with state of the art experimental and computational facilities.
Cracking the neural code for sensory perception by combining statistics, intervention and behavior Panzeri S, Harvey C.D., Piasini E. Latham P.E., Fellin T. Neuron 93: 491-507 (2017)