Valentina got her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Neuroscience from the University of Padova, Italy. For two years, she worked as a research assistant at the Psychophysiology Research lab at the same University, and later she joined Dr. Laurent Madelain’s labs at the Universities of Lille and Aix-Marseille (France) as a Marie Curie Ph.D. student. During that period, she visited Dr. Opher Donchin’s lab at the Ben-Gurion University (Israel) and Dr. Joan López-Moliner at the University of Barcelona (Spain). In 2019 she graduated and moved to Belgium for her first postdoc. In 2022, she moved to New York City and joined Angelaki lab as Post-Doctoral Associate. Since then, she has been studying causal inference on the U19 project.
Valentina is interested in how the brain interprets and gives a sense of the sensory information flow and how it can use this information to plan actions. For several years she has worked on different levels of understanding of the human brain, from behavioral (particularly eye movements), to neural correlates (EEG). At Angelaki lab, she is looking for an opportunity to add a new level of analysis by using extracellular recording techniques in monkeys.
Besides her job, Valentina loves art, international politics, and hiking.