2018 - Assistant Professor of Physiology, Dept Biomedical Sciences, University of Padua

- Visiting Scientist, Dept. Genes-Circuits-Behavior, Max Planck Institute for Neurobiology, Martinsried, DE

- PI affiliated with Padua Neuroscience Center

2013-2018 - PostDoc, Dept. Genes-Circuits-Behavior, Max Planck Institute for Neurobiology, Martinsried, DE

2008-2013 - PostDoc, Dept. Neuroscience and Brain Technologies, Italian Institute of Technology

2007 - PhD in Biotechnologies, University of Padua

2003-2007 - Research Associate, Dept. Anatomy and Human Physiology, University of Padua

2002 - Degree in Physics, University of Padua

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My research interests focus on the understanding of the circuit mechanisms underlying processes of sensorimotor integrations and on the exploration of circuit manipulation strategies aiming at the imprinting of specific activity patterns. To address these research lines, in the last 10 years I developed and applied investigation approaches to reconstruct and manipulate at cellular resolution the activity of ensembles of cells in awake organisms, taking advantage from an everyday larger toolbox of genetically encoded light-based reporters and modulators of the cell activity. My interest is to complement this approach with computational analysis and anatomical reconstructions to distil predictive models of the behaviour outcome based on the circuit dynamics, sensori- or artificially- driven.

A Cellular-Resolution Atlas of the Larval Zebrafish Brain. Kunst M, Laurell E, Mokayes N, Kramer A, Kubo F, Fernandes AM, Förster D, Dal Maschio M, Baier H. Neuron. 2019 Jul 3;103(1):21-38.e5. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2019.04.034.

Topography of a Visuomotor Transformation. Helmbrecht TO, Dal Maschio M, Donovan JC, Koutsouli S, Baier H.
Neuron. 2018 Dec 19;100(6):1429-1445.e4. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2018.10.021.

Linking neurons to network function and behavior by two-photon holographic optogenetics and volumetric imaging.
Dal Maschio M, Donovan CJ, Hembrecht OT, Baier H. Neuron. 2017 May; 94,774-789, doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2019.04.034

Layer-specific excitatory circuits differentially control recurrent network dynamics in the neocortex.http://www.nature.com/neuro/journal/v16/n2/full/nn.3306.html Beltramo R, D'Urso G, Dal Maschio M, Farisello P, Bovetti S, Clovis Y, Lassi G, Tucci V, De Pietri Tonelli D, Fellin T. Nat Neurosci. 2013 Feb;16(2):227-34. doi: 10.1038/nn.3306.

Computer-Generated Holographic Beams for the Investigation of the Molecular and Circuit Function Dal Maschio M. Novel Approaches for Single Molecule Activation and Detection, Springer (2014)

High-performance and site-directed in utero electroporation by a triple-electrode probe. Dal Maschio M, Ghezzi D, Bony G, Alabastri A, Deidda G, Brondi M, Sato SS, Zaccaria RP, Di Fabrizio E, Ratto GM, Cancedda L. Nat Commun. 2012 Jul 17;3:960. doi: 10.1038/ncomms1961.

European Union (H2020)

Ministry of Education and Research (PRIN project)

Padua Neuroscience Center