VatoI am an electronic/biomedical engineer and neuroscientist and from the beginning of my research career, I have explored and characterized how to interact with neural circuits at different organizational levels.

I have pursued my research interests by gaining extensive expertise in developing new hardware and software experimental tools focusing on engineering as well as scientific aspects of closed-loop neuromodulation, by designing and running different experimental paradigms, and by developing several computational algorithms. The latter are critical for processing data to help researchers correctly interpret results.

In one of my earliest work, for example, I explored the mechanisms underlying neural plasticity by delivering patterns of electrical stimulation to randomly cultured neural networks coupled to planar microelectrode arrays. Later, I used cortical micro-stimulation to create an artificial sensory channel for a new family of closed-loop bidirectional brain-machine interfaces