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About

I graduated in Biological Sciences in 2001 at the Federico II University, Naples, Italy working on the Central and peripheral control of “patterning” of the cromatophores in Loligo vulgaris.

I received my PhD in Applied Biology in the 2004 at the Federico II University, Naples, Italy working on the organization of the higher motor centers in Octopus vulgaris.

From 2004 to 2006 I was PostDoc in the lab of Prof. Benjamin Hochner at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem working on the electrophysiology of the Octopus CNS and arm.

From 2007 to 2012 I was PostDoc at the Department of Neuroscience and Brain Technologies, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genova, Italy. 

Currently I'm Researcher at the Department of Neuroscience and Brain Technologies, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia working in the field of motor control of hyper-redundant limbs.

 

USEFUL LINKS:

http://www.octopusproject.eu/

http://www.octopus.huji.ac.il

Projects

The aim of my research is to investigate the properties of the Octopus arm, from molecular motors to embodied limb properties. My main interest is to explore the muscle mechanics, structure and molecular determinant of fiber composition as well as the control principles of the Octopus vulgaris arm crown. I Employ techniques of electrophysiology, biophysics, molecular biology, and histochemistry. In particular I’m investigating: (I) the molecular pathway underlying arm morphogenesis during embryonic arm development and in the adult arm regeneration to understand the principles underlying arm morphogenesis; (II) the arm muscle mechanics and sensory-motor systems in order to determine the properties of the various muscle types and their role in movement generation; (III) the sucker adhesive mechanism and sensory-motor system to find solution for bio-robotic applications.

 

Project link:

EU-FP7 OCTOPUS project n.:231608 http://www.octopusproject.eu/

COST 015/13 (COST Action FA1301): 
http://www.cost.eu/domains_actions/fa/Actions/FA1301

Selected Publications

  • Guglielmino E, Zullo L, Cianchetti M, Follador M, Branson DT and Caldwell D G (2012).The Application of Embodiment Theory to the Design and Control of an Octopus-like Robotic Arm, IEEE Int. Conf. on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2012), St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, 5277-5282.
  • Zullo L, Fossati SM, Benfenati F. (2011) Transmission of sensory responses in the peripheral nervous system of the arm of Octopus vulgaris. Vie et Milieu/Life & Environment,61 (4): 197-201.
  • Fossati SM, Benfenati F, Zullo L (2011) Morphological characterization of the Octopus arm.Vie et Milieu/Life & Environment, 61 (4): 191-195.

  • Zullo L, Hochner B (2011) A new perspective on the organization of an invertebrate brain. Communicative and Integrative Biology 4, 1: 26-9.
  • Zullo L, Sumbre G, Agnisola C, Flash T, Hochner B (2009) Nonsomatotopic organization of the Higher Motor Centers in Octopus. Current Biology 19(19):1632-6.
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I numeri di IIT

L’Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) è una fondazione di diritto privato - cfr. determinazione Corte dei Conti 23/2015 “IIT è una fondazione da inquadrare fra gli organismi di diritto pubblico con la scelta di un modello di organizzazione di diritto privato per rispondere all’esigenza di assicurare procedure più snelle nella selezione non solo nell’ambito nazionale dei collaboratori, scienziati e ricercatori ”.

IIT è sotto la vigilanza del Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca e del Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze ed è stato istituito con la Legge 326/2003. La Fondazione ha l'obiettivo di promuovere l'eccellenza nella ricerca di base e in quella applicata e di favorire lo sviluppo del sistema economico nazionale. La costruzione dei laboratori iniziata nel 2006 si è conclusa nel 2009.

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

La produzione di IIT ad oggi vanta circa 6990 pubblicazioni, oltre 130 finanziamenti Europei e 11 ERC, più di 350 domande di brevetto attive, oltre 12 start up costituite e altrettante in fase di lancio. Dal 2009 l’attività scientifica è stata ulteriormente rafforzata con la creazione di dieci centri di ricerca nel territorio nazionale (a Torino, Milano, Trento, Parma, Roma, Pisa, Napoli, Lecce, Ferrara) e internazionale (MIT ed Harvard negli USA) che, unitamente al Laboratorio Centrale di Genova, sviluppano i programmi di ricerca del piano scientifico 2015-2017.

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IIT: the numbers

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.

So far IIT accounts for: about 6990 publications, more than 130 European grants and 11 ERC grants, more than 350 patents or patent applications12 up start-ups and as many  which are about to be launched. The Institute’s scientific activity has been further strengthened since 2009 with the establishment of 11 research nodes throughout Italy (Torino, Milano, Trento, Parma, Roma, Pisa, Napoli, Lecce, Ferrara) and abroad (MIT and Harvard University, USA), which, along with the Genoa-based Central Lab, implement the research programs included in the 2015-2017 Strategic Plan.

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