Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Research Associate



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Francesca 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 Next Generation Neural Interfaces (NGNI) group at the Centre for Bio-inspired Technology as a PhD candidate in August 2014 under the supervision of Dr Timothy Constandinou, graduating in 2018 with a thesis on "Time domain optical coherence tomography for compound action potential recording: computational analysis and system requirements".

As of January 2019, she is a Research Associate at NGNI funded through an EPSRC Doctoral Prize award.

She is also responsible for public engagement activities at NGNI lab and has developed activities for the Great Exhibition Road Festival, Friends of Imperial visits, worked on an engagement-through art project (Hatton Gallery January-June 2020) and is co-lead in the development of the NGNI stand at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2020.



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, Vol:13, ISSN:1932-6203, Pages:1-14


Troiani F, Nikolic K, Constandinou TG, 2017, Optical coherence tomography for compound action potential detection: a computational study, SPIE/OSA European Conferences on Biomedical Optics (ECBO), Pages:1-3

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)

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