PhD candidate Martina Lamberti
Building: Technohal, room TL 3385
Phone: +31 (0)53 489 1116
My general interest for science, more specifically in how the human body works and in medical technology advancements, is something that has embossed my whole personal growth during my youth. After earning a scientific high school Diploma, majoring in math and science, as well as taking part in the Italian National Plan for Computer Studies, I decided to start my Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering. Once graduated from the Politecnico di Milano, I took the decision to come to the University of Twente, in the Netherlands, given the highly interesting and stimulating courses which they offer as well as the possibility to start applying my knowledge from a practical point of view. Here I followed the specialization in Neural&Motor System due to my strong belief that by applying the knowledge in biomedical engineering it could be possible to help people. Here I got the opportunity of an internship at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab of Chicago where I worked on a project aiming at helping recovery of movements in stroke survivors. Following I started my master thesis, here at the CNPH group, studying, in-vitro, possible cell swelling in the core region of a stroke.
During my master I had the possibility to start studying functionalities of neural networks. These studies increased my interest in the different neural networks abilities guiding our actions, like memory and prediction, and how different pathological conditions might affect them. On one hand, memory is something that has been widely studied during the years and that has been already proven in in-vitro neural networks, but on which there are still several open questions. On the other hand, prediction is thought to be what’s behind a successful conclusion of our everyday actions, but this possible ability of our neural networks has been mainly theorized and not fully proven. For these reasons I am currently performing my PhD research studying, in-vitro, mechanisms involved in memory and possible prediction.