The team

Sami El-Boustani

SNSF Assistant Professor

Sami obtained his PhD in neuroscience from Sorbonne University in 2011, working with Alain Destexhe (CNRS) on computational models of cortical dynamics. He then joined the laboratories of Mriganka Sur (MIT) and Carl Petersen (EPFL) as a postdoc to study plasticity and perception in sensory systems.

Giulio Matteucci

Postdoctoral Associate

Giulio obtained his PhD in cognitive neuroscience from SISSA in February 2020. During his PhD he worked with Davide Zoccolan (SISSA) studying shape and motion processing across the rat visual cortex by combining extracellular electrophysiology, behavior and computational modelling. 

Dimokratis Karamanlis

Postdoctoral Associate

Dimos studied medicine at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and then obtained his PhD in neuroscience from the IMPRS in Göttingen in 2023 where he worked with Tim Gollisch on the nonlinear processing of natural stimuli by the retina. He is currently investigating social information processing during goal-directed behavior in mice.

Maëlle Guyoton

Graduate Student

Maëlle obtained her Master degree from  University of Bordeaux in 2019. She will study mechanisms of synaptic integration at the single-neuron level that orchestrates how internal representations of the world in the brain shape sensory perception and guide behavior.

Anas Masood

Graduate Student

Anas received his Bachelor degree in Computer Sciences from Habib University,  Pakistan. He then pursued a Master in Neurosciences through the Neurasmus Scholarship, studying at Vrije University Amsterdam and Université de Bordeaux. He is interested in explaining neural circuits of social games and their reward-value representations in the behaving brain.


Master Student

Grihmalkin obtained their Bachelor in Biomedical Sciences from University of Fribourg in June 2021. They are currently starting a Master in Neuroscience and will focus on optogenetic manipulation of brain circuits involved in sensory perception and behaviour.

Andrea Valderrama

Master Student

Andrea obtained her Bachelor in Biology from the Pontifical Xavierian University in Colombia. She then did an internship at UNAB (Chile) in Neuroepigenetics lab studying activity-dependent myelination. Currently she is doing a Master in Neuroscience Master project studying joint  perceptual decision-making in mice.

Özge Sayin

Master Student

Özge obtained her Bachelor in Psychology from TED University in Turkey. Currently she is doing a Master in Neuroscience and she is interested in explaining the neural mechanisms of decision-making. She will focus on value coding with a social foraging task in mice.


Lucile Favero
Master student (2020-2023)
Aude Imbruglia
CFC Technician (2021-2023)
Yesica Gloria
Master student (2020)