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Cris Micheli received his M.D. in Electric Engineering from politecnico di Milano, Italy and worked initially in the scientific department of investigations of the Carabinieri army. After 1 year service he transitioned to Industry, working as digital circuits designer, programmer and as junior researcher in a pharmaceutical industry, programming machine learning methods to understand biological effects of drugs on animal models and MRI imaging diffusion methods for cancer research.
After five years in industry he started a PhD in Neuroscience at the International Max Planck school in Tübingen, Germany, and promoted with a dissertation on the localization of brain sources and on coregistration methods for magnetoencephalography (MEG) in adults and fetuses. In 2009 he joined the Donders Institute in Nijmegen, Netherlands and worked on data analysis methods for intracranial recordings, in particular subdural electrocorticography (ECoG), with non-human primates and human subjects, specialising in forward modelling for electric and magnetic field source reconstruction.
After that he joined the Center for Vision Research and the Western Hospital Research Institute in Toronto, Canada and worked on cortico-cortical connectivity, and on the functional role of prefrontal cortex and hippocampus on visual perception. He then worked in Oldenburg, Germany on machine learning methods and advanced data analysis techniques to understand the mechanisms of speech encoding and multi-sensory integration in patients implanted with ECoG grids. After that, he worked at the Institut des sciences cognitives Marc Jeannerod in Bron, France, and was involved with intracranial human recordings to elucidate brain signatures of value-based decision making, spatial visual attention and multi-sensory integration.
More recently he transitioned to industry, working for a brain-computer interface (BCI) company in Nijmegen (MindAffect) as Software Engineer. He is also affiliated to the Donders Institute as guest researcher and to the Rockstart accelerator, as mentor.