Dr. Castagnola received her PhD (“Carbon nanotube based coatings
for low impedance neural microelectrodes”) in Robotics, Neurosciences and
Nanotechnologies at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), in April 2011.
For the next years prior to moving to US, she continued to conduct
her postdoctorate research on neurotechnologies at IIT, Departments of Robotics
Brain and cognitive Sciences and Center for Translational Neurophysiology for
Speech and Communication.
Prior to coming to Pitt, Castagnola was a senior postdoctoral
researcher in bioengineering at the Center for Neurotechnology (NSF-ERC) and an
adjunct assistant professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at San
Diego State University.
For the last 10 years, Castagnola’s work focused on combining
research in material science and new microfabrication techniques for the
development of innovative neurotechnology, advancing state-of-the-art
implantable neural devices and bringing them to a clinical setting.
Castagnola is now conducting research with Dr. Tracy Cui,
professor of Bioengineering, in the NTE Lab. She is currently working on the
development and in-vivo validation of innovative neural probes with superior
capability in neurochemical and neurophysiological recordings. Her main interests
are in material science, electrochemistry, neurochemistry and microfabrication.