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Marzia is a final year PhD student in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Medical Imaging. She received her BSc (hons) in Physics and MSc (hons) in Applied Physics from University of Bari (Italy). She discovered her passion for brain imaging during her MSc dissertation project, which focused on machine learning applied to classification of DTI scans for Alzheimer’s patients. From there she has embarked on a journey of discoveries, from physics to human genetics and computational biology, through brain imaging and machine learning. But she believes the best is yet to come.

Marzia’s research has been recognised with two consecutive Merit Awards from the Organisation for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM) in 2017 and 2018. From 2017 to 2019 she served as member of the OHBM Student and Postdoc Special Interest Group executive committee (, as well as other committees, academics and not.

In 2018, Marzia was Visiting Student Researcher in the FIND lab at the Stanford University School of Medicine. In 2019 she undertook a placement at Roche Products Ltd, analysing large-scale clinical trials in Alzheimer’s disease.

She is also social media manager for the COMBINE lab, holds a Master’s degree in piano performance and is an amateur fencer.

Research interests:

Marzia is interested in uncovering and understanding genetics risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease progression and heterogeneity, through applications of multivariate mathematical modelling, machine learning and statistics. She is also studying how gene interaction networks are disrupted by rare mutations in dementia. On a personal level, she is interested in effective strategies for mentoring and development of early-career neuroscientists.

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