Michele Migliore

Senior Associate

D.Phil. in Physics (1980, University of Palermo, Italy). He has been Research Director at the Institute of Biophysics of the Italian National Research Council (CNR-IBF, Palermo, Italy, 1983-2024), Director of the Palermo section of CNR-IBF (2015-2017), Visiting Professor of Computational Neuroscience at the University of Rome "La Sapienza" (Italy, 2018-2023), Visiting Professor of Cybernetics at the Department of Mathematics and Informatics of the University of Palermo (Italy, 2000-2018), and Visiting Scientist at the Department of Neuroscience of the Yale University School of Medicine (New Haven, USA, 2000-2020). His lab is involved in modelling realistic neurons and networks, synaptic integration processes, and plasticity mechanisms. The main long-term goal is to understand the emergence of higher brain functions and dysfunctions from cellular processes, implementing new tools and using state of the art simulation environments on different supercomputer systems.

+39 091 6809 315
michele.migliore [at] cnr.it

Alessia Bonafede

Business Manager

With a background in Languages and Modern Cultures, my areas of expertise are communication, public relations, dissemination activities, event promotion and management. I joined the HBP at the very beginning of the project, in 2014, and since then I have been working as Business Manager for CNR, monitoring and reporting several millions of EU funds, and providing communication support within the partnership. I am also responsible of the organization of scientific meetings, outreach, dissemination and educational activities, as well as student lab visits and Erasmus activities for the Institute of Biophysics.

+39 091 6809 304
alessia.bonafede [at] ibf.cnr.it

Carmen Alina Lupascu

Research Scientist

PhD in Computer Science from University of Palermo (2010). My main research interests are in image analysis, indoor localization, and computational modelling using the NEURON-Python environment. Within the Human Brain Project (HBP), I am involved in developing computational models and tools to study subcellular synaptic transmission pathways and techniques for parameters optimization on parallel supercomputers. A list of my publications can be found here.

+39 091 6809 604
carmen.lupascu [at] ibf.cnr.it

Rosanna Migliore

Research Scientist

PhD in Theoretical Physics at the University of Palermo in 2004. Until 2010, my research interests were focused on superconducting mesoscopic devices interacting with quantized electromagnetic fields.
Currently my main field of interest is computational neuroscience, with focus on detailed modeling of neurons and small networks (mainly from hippocampus), effects of dendritic ionic channels on firing properties and synaptic integration, kinetic models of synaptic transmission and plasticity. A list of my publications can be found here.

+39 091 6809 604
rosanna.migliore [at] cnr.it

Luca Leonardo Bologna

Research Scientist

PhD in Neuro-engineering at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT, Genoa), investigating in-vitro cortical cultures behaviour through both an experimental and modelling approach. During a post-doctoral period at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC, Paris), I studied information neurotransmission in the somatosensory system via a neuromimetic software architecture.
I am currently involved in the design and implementation of web applications and software tools for data analysis and computational modelling for the EBRAINS Reaserch Infrastructure, in the framework of the EBRAINS-Italy project.
A list of my publications can be found here and my CV here.

+39 091 6809 339
lucaleonardo.bologna [at] cnr.it

Paola Vitale

Postdoctoral Researcher

PhD in Chemistry from University of Palermo in 2014. Since my graduation, my research interest was focused on supramolecular chemistry. In particular, I studied self-assemby processes involved by organic salts leading to gel phase formation, molecular recognition processes and ionic liquids organization. Currently, my research field is computational neuroscience. Within the Human Brain Project I am involved in implementing data-driven subcellular models of the biochemical pathways involved in synaptic plasticity and single neuron models, mainly from hippocampus region, under both physiological and pathological conditions. A list of my publications can be found here.

+39 091 6809 301
poala.vitale [at] ibf.cnr.it

Fabio Librizzi

Research Scientist

PhD in Biophysics at the University of Palermo in 2001. My research interests have been focused on the properties of proteins, in particular i) their internal dynamics and its relationship to function; ii) aberrant processes such as misfolding and amyloid aggregation. I also work on the characterization of nanoscale lipid systems (liposomes and extracellular vesicles). More recently, I discovered my interest for computational neurosciences and the detailed modeling of neurons. A list of my publications can be found here.

+39 091 6809 317
fabio.librizzi [at] ibf.cnr.it

Elisabetta Giacalone

Postgraduate Researcher

Master’s Degree in Applied Physics at the University of Bologna, Alma Mater Studiorum, in 2017. The thesis work was focused on a graph-based analysis of the brain structural connectivity using Diffusion-Weighted magnetic resonance Imaging (DWI). Within the Human Brain Project (HBP) I am involved in developing biophysically and morphologically accurate computational models of neurons using the NEURON-Python environment on parallel supercomputers, and in the analysis of the information processing in the hippocampus using the HBP cellular level model circuit. A list of my publications can be found here.

+39 091 6809 398
elisabetta.giacalone [at] ibf.cnr.it

Emiliano Spera

Postdoctoral Researcher

PhD in Computer Science from University of Catania (2019). My main research interests are in computer vision, deep learning, and computational modelling. Currently, my research field is computational neuroscience. Within the Human Brain Project (HBP), I am involved in the modelling of reduced neurons and networks. A list of my publications can be found here.

+39 091 6809 398
emiliano.spera [at] ibf.cnr.it

Roberto Smiriglia


Degree in Computer Science at the University of Palermo in 2018. As any developer my job is to provide softwares and tools that can make users’ lives easier. I am a fan of the free open souce world and I am focused on security and privacy. In this lab, I mainly act as fullstack developer, provinding dedicated applications to researchers in the field of computational neuroscience and overall I do whatever is necessary for our softwares to work at its best. My CV can be found here!

“It is much better to know something about everything than everything about something” [Pascal]

roberto.smiriglia [at] ibf.cnr.it

Francesca Spataro

Project Development Expert

Psychology cum laude degree and a post-graduate research/education Diploma in Public Management, has a proven experience in international projects cycle management, business negotiations and technical oversight expertise to a wide range of stakeholders and multi-disciplinary teams to achieve project objectives and access to public and private funds.


francesca.spataro [at] ibf.cnr.it