Dr. Riccardo Avvisati

Dr. Riccardo Avvisati

Postdoctoral Neuroscientist

Riccardo graduated from the University of Pisa with a B.Sc. in Molecular Biology in 2010, followed by an M.Sc. in Neurobiology obtained in 2012 from Sapienza University of Rome. He remained at Sapienza to conduct his doctorate studies on a rodent model of drug self-administration, under the supervision of Professor Aldo Badiani. During his Ph.D. he was hosted by the European Brain Research Institute in Rome, working with Dr Silvia Marinelli on heroin's impact on synaptic plasticity, and later by the University of Sussex to work with Dr Eisuke Koya on cocaine-induced silent synapses, before obtaining his Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology in 2016. Riccardo's broader scientific interest lies in how motivation affects learning and shapes decision making. He joined the MRC Unit in May 2017 and is working with Dr Paul Dodson to explore the activity of midbrain dopaminergic neurons during motivated tasks.

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