Elisabetta Iavarone



Elisabetta Iavarone is a Post Doctoral Researcher in the Cells team in the Simulation Neuroscience Division.


Elisabetta is working on the development of a biophysically detailed model of the somatosensory thalamo-cortical loop. In particular, she is focusing of experimental data analysis and integration in order to build and simulate models of single neurons and their synaptic connections.

She gained her PhD from the EPFL and has a Master’s degree in Neurobiology and a Bachelors in Biology from the University of Pavia, Italy. In addition, she has a diploma in advanced studies from the Institute for Advanced Studies of Pavia – Scuola Superiore IUSS.

Outside of work, Elisabetta runs marathons, plays the piano and enjoys photography and travelling.

Selected Publications

Iavarone E., Yi J., Shi Y., Zandt B.J., O’Reilly C., Van Geit W., Rössert C., Markram, H., Hill, S.L. (2019) Experimentally-constrained biophysical models of tonic and burst firing modes in thalamocortical neurons. PLOS Computational Biology 15(5): 1-23. e1006753. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1006753

O’Reilly, C., Iavarone, E., Yi, J., & Hill, S. L. (2021). Rodent somatosensory thalamocortical circuitry: Neurons, synapses, and connectivity. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 126, 213–235. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neubiorev.2021.03.015

A framework for collaborative curation of neuroscientific literature
Christian O’Reilly, Elisabetta Iavarone and Sean Hill