Massimo Scanziani, PhD


Professor, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, UCSF School of Medicine

Ph.D. in Neurophysiology, University of Zurich and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
B.S. in Biochemistry, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

Massimo Scanziani's research seeks to understand the structure and function of neuronal circuits in the mammalian cortex and how they contribute to processing sensory information. Towards this goal the lab uses cutting edge electrophysiological, imaging, optogenetic and anatomical techniques. The work performed in the lab spans from in vitro analysis of biophysical properties of single neurons to in vivo recordings from neuronal populations during sensory stimulation in awake, behaving animals. Through this research program the role of each individual element of a neuronal circuit in sensory processing can be understood and can bridge the gap between cellular and system neuroscience.

Massimo Scanziani earned his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology before pursuing a PhD in Neurophysiology from the University of Zurich and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. He completed subsequent postdoctoral research at UCSF and Ecole Superieure de Physique et Chimie Industrielles in Paris. Prior to becoming a Professor at UCSF, Dr. Scanziani was a Professor for University of California San Diego and the Brain Research Institute at the University of Zurich.

 

Dr. Scanziani holds a number of awards including but not limited to a Betty and David Koetser Foundation for Brain Research Award, a NARSAD Distinguished Investigator, as well as being a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator since 2008.

Sarah Ruediger Lee – postdoc

Arbora Resulaj – postdoc

Pei Sabrina Xu – postdoc

Satoru Miura – postdoc

Riccardo Beltramo – postdoc

Xing Wei – postdoc

Andreas Keller – postdoc

Guy Bouvier – postdoc

Jun Lee – lab manager

Baohua Liu – postdoc

Carsten Pfeffer – postdoc

Matthew Caudill – postdoc