Gioia is a PhD candidate at University College London (UK) and holds a Master degree in Neuroscience from the University of Trieste (Italy).

During her PhD she worked under the supervision of Dr. Samuel Solomon at the Institute of Behavioural Neuroscience, focusing on two lines of research: she studied how visual context shapes the response of neurons in the mouse early visual system (superior colliculus), and showed that mice use vision to perform behavioural choices. During her MSc she worked under the supervision of Dr. Davide Zoccolan at SISSA, studying invariant visual object recognition in the rat visual cortex.

Gioia joined our lab as a postdoc in November 2017.



Tafazoli S., Safaai H., De Franceschi G., Rosselli F.B., Vanzella W., Riggi M., Buffolo F., Panzeri S., Zoccolan D. Emergence of transformation-tolerant representations of visual objects in rat lateral extrastriate cortex. eLife 2017;6:e22794.

De Franceschi G., Vivattanasarn T., Saleem A.B. and Solomon S. Vision guides selection of freeze or flight defence strategies in mice. Current Biology 2016; 26(16): 2150-2154.

De Franceschi G, Solomon SG. Visual response properties of neurons in the superficial layers of the superior colliculus of awake mouse. J Physiol. 2018; 596(24):6307-6332.