Alex Calzoni

Kf Alex Calzoni 1
PhD Student


  • Started at NERF: 03/05/2021


To interact with the environment, animals must be able to process sensory information and initiate suitable responses. The superior colliculus is a central node in the mammalian visual system that mediates a set of defensive and orienting behaviors. My goal is to understand how individual collicular cell types encode and disseminate visual information to guide these innate behaviors.

To accomplish this, I aim to determine the response properties of genetically identified neurons to salient visual stimuli across the visual field, their connectivity, and direct effect on behavior by using a combination of electrophysiological and imaging techniques, viral tracing systems, optogenetics, and different behavioral setups.

2020 Msc in Biophysics, Biochemistry and Biotechnology, KU Leuven
2018 Bsc in Biomolecular Sciences and Technologies, University of Trento, Italy