Photo of Francesca TroianiFrancesca Troiani received her BSc in Physics in 2011 (Thesis title: “Supernovae’s role in galactic evolution”) from University of Trieste, Italy. She was awarded a scholarship by the “Luciano Fonda” University College to attend her master degree at University of Trieste. During these two years, her studies focused on nuclear and medical physics and she developed a keen interest on brain. For her MSc project she decided to join a group of physicists at SISSA (International School for Advanced Studies) to work on a computational model for grid cells. She received her MSc (cum Laude) on September 2013. After graduation she was awarded a six months postgraduate fellowship from SISSA to continue her work on the formation of spatial representations on hyperbolic surfaces. Francesca has joined the Neural Interfaces group at the Centre for Bio-inspired Technology as a PhD candidate in August 2014.

PhD Thesis Topic

Optical Neural Recording for Large Scale Activity Monitoring

Research Interests

Non-electrical neural recordings, neural interfaces, brain-computer interfaces and optical coherence tomography


  • Troiani F, Nikolic K, Constandinou, TG, 2016, Optical Coherence Tomography for detection of compound action potential in Xenopus Laevis sciatic nerve, SPIE Photonics West (BIOS).
  • Troiani F, Nikolic K, and Constandinou T G, "Optical coherence tomography for compound action potential detection: a computational study," in Optical Coherence Imaging Techniques and Imaging in Scattering Media II, M. Wojtkowski, ed., Vol. 10416 of SPIE Proceedings (Optical Society of America, 2017), paper 104160A.
  • Troiani F, Nikolic K, Constandinou TG (2018) Simulating optical coherence tomography for observing nerve activity: A finite difference time domain bi-dimensional model. PLOS ONE 13(7): e0200392.
Francesca Troiani talks about her research that is investigating the use of optical techniques to observe activity in the peripheral nervous system