Giulio graduated with a B.Phil. in Philosophy from Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy, with a thesis on the “Neural correlates of consciousness”. Giulio then completed a M.Sc. in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience at Maastricht University, Netherlands, graduating in 2016. During the second year of Giulio’s M.Sc. course, he worked as a visiting student at New York University, USA, where his research was focused on an experimental approach for dissecting the neural circuit basis of thalamic visual attention. After completing his M.Sc., he worked as a research assistant at the Italian Institute of Technology (Genova), where he validated the in vivo application of a novel optogenetic tool, namely an engineered light-gated potassium channel. In October 2017, Giulio joined the Unit as an MRC-funded D.Phil. student under the supervision of Professor Peter J. Magill and Dr Kouichi Nakamura.
Giulio’s D. Phil. thesis research is focused on the functional organisation of distinct thalamic nuclei through which basal ganglia regulate motor behaviour, in both health and Parkinsonism. To achieve this, Giulio is using a combination of in vivo electrophysiological recordings, cell-type-selective manipulations (optogenetics), behavioural analyses, and computational methods.