Alessio Buccino sucessfully defended his PhD
Alessio Buccino holding flowers

Alessio Buccino sucessfully defended his PhD


On Friday, January 17th, Alessio Buccino successfully defended his thesis “A computationally-assisted approach to neural extracellular electrophysiology with multi-electrode arrays”. The defense took place at the University of Oslo.

In his thesis, Alessio seeks to look at ways to interpret the measurements of brain activity. During his PhD, Alessio has published an impressive seven papers. He is alsonominated for His Majesty the King's Gold Medal, which is awarded to an outstanding younger researcher for scientific work at the University of Oslo. The work must be recognized as an effective contribution to the field's research literature.


With the advent of high-density multi-electrode arrays, we are now able to measure the activity of hundreds of neurons simultaneously, even at the sub-cellular level. However, next-generation devices introduce novel grand challenges and the need for appropriate tools to handle the rich information that can be recorded. The work presented in this thesis has, therefore, focused on developing and benchmarking new tools and methods for using such devices at their full potential.

Before the defense,Alessio Buccino presented his trial lecture,"Investigating activity of neuronal populations in vivo: challenges and opportunities for combining electrophysiology with other modalities."

The adjudication committee

  • Professor Stefano Vassanelli,Department of Biomedical Science, University of Padova, Italy
  • Assistant ProfessorNicholas A Steinmetz, Department of Biological Structure, University of Washington, USA
  • Associate Professor Kyrre Glette,Department of Informatics, University of Oslo, Norway

Chair of the disputation

  • Professor Fritz Albregtsen, Department of Informatics, University of Oslo


  • Professor Philipp Häfliger, Department of Informatics, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Professor Gert Cauwenberghs, Department of Bioengineering, University of California, San Diego, USA
  • Professor Marianne Fyhn, Department of Biosciences, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Professor Gaute Einevoll, Faculty of Science and Technology, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway

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