Arianna Menardi

Arianna Menardi works as a Researcher (RTD-A) at the Department of Neuroscience, University of Padova.

During her career, she collaborated with several national and international research groups. In 2017, she joined the Berenson-Allen Center for Non-invasive Brain Stimulation at Harvard Medical School, where she worked under the Supervision of Prof. Alvaro Pascual-Leone and Dr. Emiliano Santarnecchi in studying cortical excitability (as assessed by Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation-TMS) in Alzheimer’s Disease patients. In 2018 she joined the Brain Investigation and Neuromodulation Lab in Siena, where she worked on network-targeted interventions by means of multi-electrodes transcranial electrical stimulation (tES) during concomitant functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), under the supervision of Prof. Simone Rossi and Dr. Emiliano Santarnecchi. In 2019 she started her PhD at the Padova Neuroscience Center, under the supervision of Prof. Antonino Vallesi, Prof. Maurizio Corbetta and Dr. Emiliano Santarnecchi. Her PhD project focused on the study of interindividual differences in the brain topographical properties for the selection of personalized stimulation targets in the brain. Collaborators to this project included Prof. Marie Banich and Prof. Naomi Friedman for the University of Colorado Boulder, Prof. Albert-Laszlo Barabasi and Dr. Emma Towlson from the Notheastern University, in Boston.

More recently, Arianna won a Grant for Young Researchers by the Italian Association for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease to investigate individual alterations in the functional connectivity as a potential early biomarker of pathology progression.