The project “An integrated setup for in-vitro optogenetic experiments using AI to localize stimulation with a feedback of electrophysiological signals - ISLAND" of our researcher Ilya Auslender within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie project was approved. The project is started the 12th of Apirl 2021 and its duration is two years. Congratulation Ilya!


We have four PhD positions on the research activities of the Nanoscience Laboratory. The official call will be published in early April with a deadline for application at May 20th, 2021 for the PhD school in Physics ( and for the Phd School in Mathematics (

Interested candidates have to send their CV to prof. L. Pavesi (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with indication of which scholarship they are interested. 

More details of the projects are at



Artificial and Biological Neurons: Interdisciplinary Issues and Future Perspectives. 

D. Bazzanella, G. Bincoletto, M. Consolandi, M. Fasan, F. Gennari, F. C. La Vattiata, L. Rinaldi, D. Roccaro, C. Zaccaria

BioLaw Journal – Rivista di BioDiritto, n. 1/2021 pp. 353-379 (2021)




We are happy to announce the publication of  the Highlights 2020 summarizing the main activities and achievements of the Nanoscience Laboratory in 2020.

Phd position in "Neuromorphic photonic circuits to modulate neuronal excitability in autism and epilepsy"

We are seeking for a highly-motivated and passionate student, with a strong attitude to work in a collaborative and interdisciplinary team, and with a background in physiology, molecular biology or neuroscience.
The PhD project will use neuromorphic photonic circuits to modulate neuronal excitability in in-vitro models of autism and epilepsy. Investigating the cellular mechanisms by controlling the neuronal excitability paves the way to develop novel therapeutic opportunities for a number of invalidating brain disorders. The goal of this project is to study in-vitro models of epilepsy and autism to modulate their electrical activity by using neuromorphic photonic circuits. Neuronal cultures from the brain of mouse models of epilepsy and autism will be grown on neuromorphic photonic circuits and cutting-edge techniques (including optogenetics, confocal microscopy, and multi-electrode array recordings) will be used to investigate the interactions
between neurons and photonic circuits.
This PhD will be part of the ERC-funded BACKUP project (P.I. Prof. Lorenzo Pavesi, Dept. of Physics) and the UniTrento strategic project Trentino Autism Initiative - TRAIN (P.I. Prof. Yuri Bozzi, CIMeC).


Details about PhD application procedure will be available at

For more info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.