Andrea
D'avella
Email: 
andrea.davella@unime.it

ALTRE INFORMAZIONI

SSD: BIO/09
Profilo: Professori Ordinari

CURRICULUM

Curriculum

Formazione
Diploma di Maturità Scientifica, luglio 1986, liceo scientifico “Leonardo da Vinci”, Milano.
Laurea in Fisica, dicembre 1993, l’Università degli Studi di Milano.
Ph.D. in Neuroscienze, settembre 2000, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA.
 
Posizioni ed incarichi
Settembre,1994 – agosto 1995. Borsista post-laurea, INFN, Sezione di Milano
Settembre 1995 – agosto 2000. Research Assistant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA
Settembre 2000 – dicembre 2002. Postdoctoral Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA
Gennaio 2003 – maggio 2006. Ricercatore nel Dipartimento di Fisiologia Neuromotoria, IRCCS Fondazione Santa Lucia, Roma
Giugno 2006 – dicembre 2014. Dirigente responsabile di un laboratorio di ricerca, Dipartimento di Fisiologia Neuromotoria, IRCCS Fondazione Santa Lucia, Roma
Gennaio 2015 – ad oggi. Professore di prima fascia nel settore scientifico disciplinare BIO/09 (Fisiologia), Dipartimento di Scienze Biomediche e delle Immagini Morfologiche e Funzionali, Università degli Studi di Messina.
Giugno 2016 – ad oggi. Responsabile scientifico di un’unità di ricerca di un progetto finanziato dalla Commissione Europea nell’ambito del programma Horizon 2020 presso IRCCS Fondazione Santa Lucia, Roma
 
 
Progetti di ricerca
Responsabile di un progetto collaborativo nazionale (5 unità) finanziato dal Ministero dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca (PRIN 2015, febbraio 2017 – gennaio 2010)
Responsabile di un’unità di un progetto finanziato dalla Commissione Europea (CogIMon, H2020-ICT, febbraio 2015 – gennaio 2019)
Responsabile di un progetto triennale di Ricerca Finalizzata del Ministero della Salute (RF-2011-02347869, dicembre 2014 - novembre 2017)
Responsabile di un’unità di un progetto finanziato dalla Commissione Europea (AMARSi, FP7-ICT, marzo 2010 – febbraio 2014)
Responsabile di un progetto finanziato dalla Human Frontier Science Program Organization (RPG11/2008, ottobre 2008 – settembre 2012)
Responsabile un’unità di un progetto dell’Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (CRUSOE, maggio 2011 – aprile 2012).
 
Pubblicazioni selezionate
Maselli A., Dhawan A., Cesqui B., Russo M., Lacquaniti F., d'Avella A., “Where Are You Throwing the Ball? I Better Watch Your Body, Not Just Your Arm!”, 2017, Front Hum Neurosci,11:505.
Russo M., Cesqui B., La Scaleia B., Ceccarelli F., Maselli A., Moscatelli A., Zago M., Lacquaniti F., d'Avella A., “Intercepting virtual balls approaching under different gravity conditions: Evidence for spatial prediction”, 2017, J Neurophysiol, 118(4):2421-2434.
Cesqui B., Russo M., Lacquaniti F., d'Avella A., “Grasping in One-Handed Catching in Relation to Performance.”, 2016, PLoS One, 11(7):e0158606.
Overduin S.A., d'Avella A., Roh J., Carmena J.M., Bizzi E., “Representation of Muscle Synergies in the Primate Brain”, 2015, J Neurosci, 35(37):12615-24. (times cited: 25)
Cesqui B, Mezzetti M, Lacquaniti F, d'Avella A., “Gaze behavior in one-handed catching and its relation with interceptive performance: what the eyes can't tell.”, PLoS One. 2015 Mar 20;10(3):e0119445.
Berger D.J. and d'Avella A., “Effective force control by muscle synergies”, 2014, Front Comput Neurosci, 8:46.
Berger D.J., Gentner R., Edmunds T., Pai D.K., d'Avella A., “Differences in adaptation rates after virtual surgeries provide direct evidence for modularity”, 2013, J Neurosci, 33(30):12384-94.
Overduin S.A. , d'Avella A., Carmena J., Bizzi E., “Microstimulation Activates a Handful of Muscle Synergies”, 2012, Neuron, 76(6):1071-7.
Cesqui B., d'Avella A., Portone A., Lacquaniti F., “Catching a ball at the right time and place: individual factors matter.”, 2012, PLoS One, 7(2):e31770.
Dominici N., Ivanenko Y.P., Cappellini G., d’Avella A. et al., “Locomotor primitives in newborn babies and their development”, 2011, Science, 334(6058):997-9.
d'Avella A., Portone A., Lacquaniti F., “Superposition and modulation of muscle synergies for reaching in response to a change in target location”, 2011, J Neurophysiol, 106(6):2796-812.
d’Avella A., Fernandez L., Portone A., Lacquaniti F., “Modulation of phasic and tonic muscle synergies with reaching direction and speed”, 2008, J Neurophysiol, 100(3): p. 1433-54.
Overduin S.A., d'Avella A., Roh J., Bizzi E., “Modulation of muscle synergy recruitment in primate grasping”, 2008, J Neurosci, 28(4):880-92.
d’Avella A., Portone A., Fernandez L., Lacquaniti F., “Control of Fast-Reaching Movements by Muscle Synergy Combinations”, 2006, J Neurosci, 26(30): p. 7791-7810.
Tresch M.C , Cheung V.C, d'Avella A., “Matrix factorization algorithms for the identification of muscle synergies: evaluation on simulated and experimental data sets.”, 2006, J Neurophysiol 95(4):2199-212.
Cheung V.C, d'Avella A., Tresch M.C, and Bizzi E., “Central and sensory contributions to the activation and organization of muscle synergies during natural motor behaviors”. 2005, J Neurosci, 25(27): p. 6419-34.
d'Avella A. and Bizzi, E., “Shared and specific muscle synergies in natural motor behaviors”. 2005, Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 102(8): p. 3076-81.
d'Avella A., Saltiel P., Bizzi E., “Combinations of muscle synergies in the construction of a natural motor behavior”, 2003, Nat Neurosci, 6(3): 300-308.
d’Avella, A. and Bizzi, E., “Low dimensionality of supraspinally induced force fields”, Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 1998, 95(13): 7711-7714.
 
Partecipazione a comitati editoriali
Membro del comitato editoriale di: Journal of Motor Behavior, Journal of Neurophysiology, Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience.
 
Attività di revisore
Revisore per riviste scientifiche internazionali: Biological Cybernetics, BMC Physiology, Cerebral Cortex, Clinical Neurophysiology, Experimental Brain Research, Experimental Neurology, eLife, Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Human Brain Mapping, Human Movement Science, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Haptics, IEEE Transactions on Mechatronics, International Journal of Neural Systems, Journal of Biomechanics, Journal of Motor Behavior, Journal of Neural Engineering, Journal of Neurophysiology, Journal of Neuroscience, Journal of Motor Behavior, Journal of Physiology, Neural Computation, Neuroimage, Neuroscience, PLoS Computational Biology, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA, Scientific Reports.
 

    Curriculum

    Education
    High School Diploma, July 1986, “Leonardo da Vinci” High School, Milan, Italy
    Laurea Degree (equivalent to M.S.) in Physics, December 1993, University of Milan, Italy
    Ph.D. Degree in Neuroscience, September 2000, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA
     
    Positions
    September 1994 – August 1995. Research Fellow, INFN, Milan Section.
    September 1995 – August 2000. Research Assistant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA
    September 1995 – August 2000. Research Assistant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA
    September 2000 – December 2002. Postdoctoral Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA
    January 2003 – May 2006. Senior Research Scientist, Laboratory of Neuromotor Physiology, IRCCS Fondazione Santa Lucia, Roma
    June 2006 – December 2014. Research Director, Laboratory of Neuromotor Physiology, IRCCS Fondazione Santa Lucia, Roma
    January 2015 – today. Professor of Physiology, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Morphological and Functional Images, University of Messina, Italy
    June 2016 – today. Coordinator of a research unit of a project funded by the European Commission in the Horizon 2020 program, IRCCS Fondazione Santa Lucia, Roma
     
     
    Research Support
    Principal Investigator (Project Coordinator) of an Italian Ministry of University and Research project (PRIN, February 2017 – January 2020)
    Principal Investigator (Unit Coordinator) in a project funded by the EU Commission (CogIMon, H2020-ICT, January 2010 – May 2013)
    Principal Investigator in an Italian Ministry of Health research project (RF-2011-02347869, September 2014 - August 2017)
    Principal Investigator (Unit Coordinator) in an Integrated Project funded by the EU Commission (FP7-ICT AMARSi, FP7-ICT , March 2010 – February 2014)
    Principal Investigator (Project Coordinator) in a project funded by the Human Frontier Science Program Organization (RPG11/2008, October 2008 – September 2012).
    Principal Investigator in a project funded by the Italian Space Agency (CRUSOE, May 2011 – April 2012).
     
    Selected Publications
    Maselli A., Dhawan A., Cesqui B., Russo M., Lacquaniti F., d'Avella A., “Where Are You Throwing the Ball? I Better Watch Your Body, Not Just Your Arm!”, 2017, Front Hum Neurosci,11:505.
    Russo M., Cesqui B., La Scaleia B., Ceccarelli F., Maselli A., Moscatelli A., Zago M., Lacquaniti F., d'Avella A., “Intercepting virtual balls approaching under different gravity conditions: Evidence for spatial prediction”, 2017, J Neurophysiol, 118(4):2421-2434.
    Cesqui B., Russo M., Lacquaniti F., d'Avella A., “Grasping in One-Handed Catching in Relation to Performance.”, 2016, PLoS One, 11(7):e0158606.
    Overduin S.A., d'Avella A., Roh J., Carmena J.M., Bizzi E., “Representation of Muscle Synergies in the Primate Brain”, 2015, J Neurosci, 35(37):12615-24. (times cited: 25)
    Cesqui B, Mezzetti M, Lacquaniti F, d'Avella A., “Gaze behavior in one-handed catching and its relation with interceptive performance: what the eyes can't tell.”, PLoS One. 2015 Mar 20;10(3):e0119445.
    Berger D.J. and d'Avella A., “Effective force control by muscle synergies”, 2014, Front Comput Neurosci, 8:46.
    Berger D.J., Gentner R., Edmunds T., Pai D.K., d'Avella A., “Differences in adaptation rates after virtual surgeries provide direct evidence for modularity”, 2013, J Neurosci, 33(30):12384-94.
    Overduin S.A. , d'Avella A., Carmena J., Bizzi E., “Microstimulation Activates a Handful of Muscle Synergies”, 2012, Neuron, 76(6):1071-7.
    Cesqui B., d'Avella A., Portone A., Lacquaniti F., “Catching a ball at the right time and place: individual factors matter.”, 2012, PLoS One, 7(2):e31770.
    Dominici N., Ivanenko Y.P., Cappellini G., d’Avella A. et al., “Locomotor primitives in newborn babies and their development”, 2011, Science, 334(6058):997-9.
    d'Avella A., Portone A., Lacquaniti F., “Superposition and modulation of muscle synergies for reaching in response to a change in target location”, 2011, J Neurophysiol, 106(6):2796-812.
    d’Avella A., Fernandez L., Portone A., Lacquaniti F., “Modulation of phasic and tonic muscle synergies with reaching direction and speed”, 2008, J Neurophysiol, 100(3): p. 1433-54.
    Overduin S.A., d'Avella A., Roh J., Bizzi E., “Modulation of muscle synergy recruitment in primate grasping”, 2008, J Neurosci, 28(4):880-92.
    d’Avella A., Portone A., Fernandez L., Lacquaniti F., “Control of Fast-Reaching Movements by Muscle Synergy Combinations”, 2006, J Neurosci, 26(30): p. 7791-7810.
    Tresch M.C , Cheung V.C, d'Avella A., “Matrix factorization algorithms for the identification of muscle synergies: evaluation on simulated and experimental data sets.”, 2006, J Neurophysiol 95(4):2199-212.
    Cheung V.C, d'Avella A., Tresch M.C, and Bizzi E., “Central and sensory contributions to the activation and organization of muscle synergies during natural motor behaviors”. 2005, J Neurosci, 25(27): p. 6419-34.
    d'Avella A. and Bizzi, E., “Shared and specific muscle synergies in natural motor behaviors”. 2005, Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 102(8): p. 3076-81.
    d'Avella A., Saltiel P., Bizzi E., “Combinations of muscle synergies in the construction of a natural motor behavior”, 2003, Nat Neurosci, 6(3): 300-308.
    d’Avella, A. and Bizzi, E., “Low dimensionality of supraspinally induced force fields”, Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 1998, 95(13): 7711-7714.
     
    Editorial activity
    Member of the editorial board of: Journal of Motor Behavior, Journal of Neurophysiology, Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience.
     
    Peer-review activity
    Reviewer for: Biological Cybernetics, BMC Physiology, Cerebral Cortex, Clinical Neurophysiology, Experimental Brain Research, Experimental Neurology, eLife, Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Human Brain Mapping, Human Movement Science, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Haptics, IEEE Transactions on Mechatronics, International Journal of Neural Systems, Journal of Biomechanics, Journal of Motor Behavior, Journal of Neural Engineering, Journal of Neurophysiology, Journal of Neuroscience, Journal of Motor Behavior, Journal of Physiology, Neural Computation, Neuroimage, Neuroscience, PLoS Computational Biology, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA, Scientific Reports
     

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