Jessica Gemignani

Jessica Gemignani


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I graduated with a MSc in Biomedical Engineering from University of Pisa in 2014, developing my master thesis in the Extreme Center of Institute of Clinical Physiology (CNR), a research group made of engineers, physicists, biologists, medical doctors and psychologists. Here, experiments are conducted aimed at studying especially mechanisms of learning and consolidation of memories in different conditions; my contribution was the development of an algorithm for the detection and the analysis of sleep spindles, and to evaluate their involvement in the process of retention of memory. Here I understood that this is exactly what I am passionate of, which is programming and specializing in signal processing to extract meaningful results from neuroscience data. Then, I joined for 1 year the Advanced Concepts Team, a research group of European Space Agency. Here, in the framework of a collaboration with Oxford University and in particular the Sleep, Brain and Behaviour research group headed by prof. Vladyslav Vyazovskiy, I especially investigated the effects of physical exercise on neuronal connectivity.

As an ESR in the Predictable project I hope I will contribute in the development of the tools needed for establishing new knowledge in the field of language development; I truly believe that technology and computation techniques are the best allies for the progress of neuroscientific research.

 

Supervisors:

Dr. Christoph Schmitz (NIRx GmbH, Berlin, Germany)

Prof. Benjamin Blankertz (Technische Universität Berlin, Germany)

Prof. Dr. Isabell Wartenburger (University of Potsdam, Germany)