VENI-Fellow in MR-Methods, Cognitive Neuroscience, Maastricht Brain Imaging Center, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Maastricht
Phone: 0644 160 093
Office phone: +31 43 388 2170
Whatsapp: +49 176 7575 4962
6229 EV Maastricht,
Renzo received his doctoral degree in physics at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany in 2015 working with Bob Turner and Harald Moeller. Between 2015 and 2018, he did his Post-Doc work with Peter Bandettini at NIH focusing on developing methods to map brain functional activity changes at sub-millimeter scales in humans.
Since January 2019, Renzo has been doing a VENI-fellowship in the MR-methods group headed by Benedikt Poser in Maastricht. In this VENI project, he is working on improving the applicability of layer-fMRI. Specifically, he is working on methods to measure the information flow through the brain non-invasively with ultra-high field MRI.
Renzo’s interests focus on:
- High-resolution fMRI method development,
- Layer-specific (f)MRI.
- Functional mapping of blood volume.
- Advanced fMRI readouts: multi-echo imaging, SMS-imaging and 3D-EPI imaging,
- Open science (open sequences, open data, open analysis),
- Curating and presenting good standards of high-resolution acquisition, reconstruction and processing.
- I am working on Non-BOLD fMRI with a focus on blood-volume sensitive VASO methods to capture neural activity changes with high-localization specificity at sub-millimeter scales across cortical layers and columns at high field strengths (7T and 9.4T).
- A big focus of my VENI project is to make layer-fMRI more applicable for a wider research field. Hence, I am working on advanced methods (including SMS-EPI and 3D-EPI) to increase the imaging coverage of layer fMRI. Furthermore, I am working to characterize the sources of noise at sub-millimeter fMRI.
- On Twitter, I am writing about layerfMRI.
- On Github, I am writing a standalone layering software LAYNII.
- On the blog layerfMRI.com, I am writing about layer-fMRI topics such as acquisition, analyses and research field.
- On Youtube, I am collecting scientific talks on high-resolution and layer fMRI in the layerfMRI channel.