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Elisa Castagnola

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CTNSC@UniFe Ferrara

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About

Elisa Castagnola was born in Genova (Italy) in 1982.

She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Genova in February 2005. In May 2007, she received her master’s degree in Bioengineering (highest honors) at the same University.

In 2007, she joined the Department of Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences (RBCS) of the Italian Institute of Technology (Genoa, Italy) as PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Davide Ricci, Prof. Luciano Fadiga and Prof. Giulio Sandini. Her research activity mainly concerned the study of Innovative neural microelectrode technologies. In April 2011, Elisa got her PhD in Robotics, Neurosciences and Nanotechnologies from the Italian Institute of Technology (RBCS Dept.), defending a thesis on "Carbon Nanotube Based Coatings for Low Impedance Neural Microelectrodes".

From January 2011 to April 2015 she has been working as a Post Doc at the RBCS Department (Robotics Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department-Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia), focusing on the study of innovative neural microelectrode technology to produce low-noise, long term implantable devices conceived ‘for human use’ by researching new materials for the electrode biological interface, in collaboration with a multidisciplinary group.

She is now holding a post-doctoral fellowship at the new-born Center for Translational Neurophysiology (IIT@UNIFE).  

Selected Publications

Castagnola, E.; Maiolo, L.; Maggiolini, E.;Minotti, A.; Marrani, M.; Maita, F.; Pecora, A.; Angotzi, G. N.; Ansaldo, A.; Boffini; M.; Fadiga, L.; Fortunato, G.; Ricci, D. "PEDOT-CNT-coated low-impedance, ultra-flexible, and brain-conformable micro-ECoG arrays", Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, IEEE Transactions on, 2014.
DOI:10.1109/TNSRE.2014.2342880.

Castagnola, E.; Ansaldo, A.; Maggiolini, E.; Ius, T.; Skrap, M.; Ricci, D.; Fadiga, L. "Smaller, softer, lower-impedance electrodes for human neuroprosthesis: a pragmatic approach", Frontiers in Neuroengineering, 7: 8. 2014. DOI:
10.3389/fneng.2014.00008.

Angotzi, G. N.; Baranauskas, G.; Vato, A.; Bonfanti, A.; Zambra, G.; Maggiolini, E.; Semprini, M.; Ricci, D.; Ansaldo, A.; Castagnola, E.; Ius, T.; Skrap, M.; Fadiga, L.  "A compact single-neuron recording system with brain pressure monitor, autoclavable and designed for human use" IEEE Transaction on Biomedical Circuits and Systems. 2014.  DOI: 10.1109/TBCAS.2014.2312794.

Castagnola, E.; Ansaldo, A.; Maggiolini, E.; Angotzi, G. N.; Skrap, M.; Ricci, D.; Fadiga, L."A Biologically Compatible Neural Interface to Safely Couple Nanocoated Electrodes to the Surface of the Brain", ACS Nano, vol.7, No. 5, 3887–3895 (2013)

Ansaldo, A. #; Castagnola, E.#; Maggiolini, E,;Fadiga, L.; Ricci, D. "Superior Electrochemical Performance of Carbon Nanotubes Directly Grown on Sharp Microelectrodes"; ACS Nano, No.5, 2206–2214 (2011)

Baranauskas, G.#; Maggiolini#, E.;Castagnola, E.#; Ansaldo, A.; Mazzoni, A.; Angotzi, G.N.; Vato, A.; Ricci, D.; Panzeri S.; Fadiga, L. "Carbon nanotube composite coating of neural microelectrodes preferentially improves the multiunit signal-to-noise ratio"; Journal of Neural Engineering 066013 (2011)

Castagnola, E.; Ansaldo, A.;Fadiga, L.; Ricci, D. “Chemical vapour deposited carbon nanotube coated microelectrodes for intracortical neural recording”;Phys. Status Solidi B 247, 11–12, 2703-2707 (2010)

Castagnola, E.; Biso, M.; Ricci, D. “Improvement of Polypyrrole and Carbon Nanotube Co-deposition Techniques for High Charge-transfer Electrodes”;Phys. Status Solidi B 246, 11–12, 2469–2472 (2009)

Conference paper

Castagnola, E., De Faveri, S.; Ansaldo, A.; Maggiolini, E.; Benfenati, F.; Ricci, D.; Fadiga, L.;" Nanostructured microsphere coated with living cells and tethered with low-stifness wire: a possible solution to brain tissue reactions"- 7th International IEEE EBMS Conference on Neural Engineering, Montpellier, France, 22-24 Aprile 2015- ThAT1.2

Castagnola, E., De Faveri, S.; Ansaldo, A.; Ricci, D.; Fadiga, L.; “A simple way to safely use low-impedance PEDOT-CNT coated microelectrodes in the human brain” – 2014 IEEE EBMS BRAIN Grand Challenges Conference, Washington DC, 13-14 November 2014

Castagnola, E.; Maiolo, L.; Maggiolini, E.; Minotti, A.; Marrani, M.; Maita, F.; Pecora, A.; Angotzi, G.N.; Ansaldo, A.; Fadiga, L.; fortunato, G.; Ricci, D. “Ultra-flexible and brain-conformable micro-electrocorticography device with low impedance PEDOT-carbon nanotube coated microelectrodes”- proceeding of the 6th International IEEE EMBS Neural Engineering Conference, San Diego, 6-8 November 2013

Castagnola, E.; Biso, M.; Ricci, D. “Controlled Electrochemical Polypyrrole and Carbon Nanotube Co-deposition onto Platinum Electrodes”- proceeding of 9th IEEE Conference on Nanotechnology p.p.1042-1045, (2009).

International conference presentations and posters

Kosugi, A.; Takemi, M.; Castagnola, E.; Ansaldo, A.; Ricci, D.; Sato, K.; Nakamura, T.; Tia, B.; Seki, K.; Fadiga, L.; Iriki, A.; Ushiba, J.; "Characterization of somatosensory and motor cortices in awake common marmosets using carbon nanotube coated ECoG electrodes" - Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience - Chicago, October 17-21, 2015


Tia, B.; Takemi, M.; Ansaldo, A.; Castagnola, E.; Ricci, D.; Kosugi, A.; Nakamura, T.; Ushiba, J.; Fadiga, L.; Iriki, A.;"Cortical control of object-specific grasp in a New World monkey, the common marmoset" - Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience - Chicago, October 17-21, 2015

Takemi, M.; Castagnola, E.; Ansaldo, A.; Ricci, D., Fadiga, L.; Taoka,M.; Iriki, A.; Ushiba, J.; "A novel system for short-time sensorimotor mapping in animal experiments" - Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience -Washington, DC, November 15-19, 2014

De Faveri, S.; Maggiolini, E.; Castagnola, E.; Ansaldo, A.; Ricci, D.; Fadiga, L.; Benfenati, F.; "Bio-coating to improve long-term performance of chronic intracortical implants" - Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience -Washington, DC, November 15-19, 2014

Ferrari, S.; Antonini, A.;Ghisleri, C.; Ravagnan, L.; Ferri, M.; Milani, P.; Gnatkovsky, V.; de Curtis, M.; Castagnola, E.; Ansaldo, A., Ricci, D; “Soft, Thin and Stretchable Electrodes for Neuromodulation”- 2013 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit , Boston, December 1-6, 2013, (oral presentation)

Ricci, D.; Castagnola, E.; Ansaldo, A.; Maggiolini, E.; Fadiga, L. “Nanotubes on my mynd! Probing the brain with CNT electrodes” XXVIIth International Winterschool on Electronic Properties of Novel Materials, proceddings of Kirchberg/Tirol, Austria, 02 - 09 March, 2013

Castagnola, E.; Ansaldo, A.; Maggiolini, E.; Angotzi G. N.; Ricci, D.; Fadiga, L.;"Increasing the contact surface of epicortical electrode arrays through nanomaterial coatings and biocompatible hydrogel encapsulation"- Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience- New Orleans , October 13-17, 2012

Maggiolini, E.; Ansaldo, A.; Castagnola, E.; Angotzi, G. N.; Mazzoni, A.; Semprini, M., Vato, A.; Bonfanti, A.; Zambra, G.; Spinelli, A. S.; Panzeri, S.; Ricci, D.; Fadiga, L.; "PPy-CNTs coating increases the sensitivity of extracellular neuronal recordings in vivo"- Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience- New Orleans , October 13-17, 2012

Castagnola, E.; Ansaldo, A.; Maggiolini, E.; Angotzi G. N.; Ricci, D.; Fadiga, L.;"Biocompatible hydrogel encapsulated high surface area microelectrodes for superior neural recording and stimulation"- E-MRS 2012 Fall Meeting, September 17-21, 2012 

Ansaldo, A.; Castagnola, E.; Fadiga, L.; Ricci, D.; "Nanostructured Microelectrode Arrays for Epicortical Neural Recording and Stimulation in Human Brain"; European Materials Research Society Spring Meeting E-MRS 2011, Nice,May 9-13, 2011.

Castagnola, E.; Ansaldo, A.; Maggiolini, E.; Fadiga L.; and Ricci, D.;"Long term electrochemical stability of nanostructured carbon nanotube based coatings for neural microelectrodes";European Materials Research Society Spring Meeting E-MRS 2011, Nice,May 9-13, 2011

Maggiolini, E.; Castagnola, E.; Ansaldo, A.; Vato, A.; Fadiga, L.; Ricci, D.; "Carbon nanotubes coatings: a new strategy to improve the quality of chronic neuro-implants over time?";European Materials Research Society Spring Meeting E-MRS 2011, Nice,May 9-13, 2011

Ansaldo, A.; Castagnola, E.; Maggiolini, E.; Fadiga, L.; Ricci, D.; "Carbon Nanotubes directly grown on Sharp Neural Microelectrodes Enable Superior Electrochemical and Electrophysiological Performance"; International Conference on the Science and Application of Nanotubes NT1, Cambridge, 10–16 July, 2011

Castagnola, E.; Ansaldo, A.; Maggiolini, E.; Vato, A.; Fadiga L.; and Ricci,D.; "Electrochemical and electrophysiological performance of carbon nanotube based coatings on neural probes"; 220th ECS Meeting and Electrochemical Energy Summit, Boston, October 9-14, 2011

Castagnola, E.; Ansaldo, A.; Ricci, D.“Carbon nanotube Coating to Improve Intracortical Recording Electrodes” - XXIV International Winterschool/Euroconference on Electronic Properties of Novel Materials 2010 - Kirchberg, Austria, March 6-13 , 2010

Castagnola, E.; Ansaldo, A.; Ricci, D.; “In-Situ Grown versus Electrodeposited Carbon Nanotube Coatings for In-Vivo Neural Recording Electrodes”- European Materials Research Society Spring Meeting -Strasbourg, France, June 6 –13, 2010

Castagnola, E.; Ansaldo, A.; Maggiolini, E.;Baranauskas, G.; Vato, A.;Panzeri S.;Fadiga L.; Ricci, D.; "Microelectrode for brain machine interface applications: can carbon nanotubes provide an ideal solution?"-Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience- San Diego, California, November 13-17, 2010

Ansaldo, A.; Castagnola, E.; Biso, M.; Ricci, D.; “Carbon Nanotube Coated Electrodes for Electrophysiological Recordings”- European Materials Research Society Spring Meeting -Strasbourg, France, June 8 –12, 2009.

Castagnola, E.; Biso, M.; Ricci, D. “Controlled Electrochemical Polypyrrole and Carbon Nanotube Co-deposition onto Platinum Electrodes”- 9th IEEE Conference on Nanotechnology- Genoa, Italy, July 26-30, 2009

Castagnola, E.; Biso, M.; Ricci, D. “Improvement of Polypyrrole and Carbon Nanotube Co-deposition Techniques for High Charge-transfer Electrodes” - XXIII International Winterschool/Euroconference on Electronic Properties of Novel Materials 2009 - Kirchberg, Austria, March 7-14, 2009

Worshoop, School and National Conferences

Castagnola, E.; Ansaldo, A.;Boccardo, S.; Ruffilli, R.; De Faveri, S.; Ricci, D.; "Carbon Nanotubes and Conductive Polymers for Neural Interfaces"- Congresso Nazionale Biomateriali 2010, Camogli (GE), Italy, May 24-27, 2010

Castagnola, E.; Ansaldo, A.; Maggiolini, E.;Baranauskas, G.; Vato, A.;Panzeri S.; Fadiga L.; Ricci, D.;"Carbon Nanotube Coating of Neural Microelectrodes: Comparing Deposition Methods"- NeuroIITScience Workshop 2010- Genova, Italy, July 14-15, 2010

Castagnola, E.; Ansaldo, A.; Maggiolini, E.; Angotzi G. N.; Ricci, D.; Fadiga, L.;"Improving neural microelectrodes surface properties through nanomaterial coatings and biocompatible hydrogel encapsulation"- 6 European Summer School of Neuroengineering "Massimo Grattarola"- Genova, Italy, June 11-15, 2012

Rembado, I.; Turella, L.; De Bertoldi, F.; Castagnola, E.; Ansaldo, A.; Angotzi, G. N.; Budai, R.; Ricci, D.; Skrap, M.; Fadiga, L.; "Subdural recording of human somatosensory evoked potentials (SEPs) at sub-millimiter resolution using high density microelectrode array"- 6 European Summer School of Neuroengineering "Massimo Grattarola"- Genova, Italy, June 11-15, 2012

 

 

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Lo staff complessivo di IIT conta circa 1440 persone. L’area scientifica è rappresentata da circa l’85% del personale. Il 45% dei ricercatori proviene dall’estero: di questi, il 29% è costituito da stranieri provenienti da oltre 50 Paesi e il 16% da italiani rientrati. Oggi il personale scientifico è composto da circa 60 principal investigators, circa 110 ricercatori e tecnologi di staff, circa 350 post doc, circa 500 studenti di dottorato e borsisti, circa 130 tecnici. Oltre 330 posti su 1400 creati su fondi esterni. Età media 34 anni. 41% donne / 59 % uomini.

Nel 2015 IIT ha ricevuto finanziamenti pubblici per circa 96 milioni di euro (80% del budget), conseguendo fondi esterni per 22 milioni di euro (20% budget) provenienti da 18 progetti europei17 finanziamenti da istituzioni nazionali e internazionali, circa 60 progetti industriali

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Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) is a public research institute that adopts the organizational model of a private law foundation. IIT is overseen by Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca and Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze (the Italian Ministries of Education, Economy and Finance).  The Institute was set up according to Italian law 326/2003 with the objective of promoting excellence in basic and applied research andfostering Italy’s economic development. Construction of the Laboratories started in 2006 and finished in 2009.

IIT has an overall staff of about 1,440 people. The scientific staff covers about 85% of the total. Out of 45% of researchers coming from abroad 29% are foreigners coming from more than 50 countries and 16% are returned Italians. The scientific staff currently consists of approximately 60 Principal Investigators110 researchers and technologists350 post-docs and 500 PhD students and grant holders and 130 technicians. External funding has allowed the creation of more than 330 positions . The average age is 34 and the gender balance proportion  is 41% female against 59% male.

In 2015 IIT received 96 million euros in public funding (accounting for 80% of its budget) and obtained 22 million euros in external funding (accounting for 20% of its budget). External funding comes from 18 European Projects, other 17 national and international competitive projects and approximately 60 industrial projects.

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