About Myself


Michele Allegra


Me

I am a physicist with a broad interest for neuroscience. My main research theme is the analysis and modeling of large-scale functional networks in the brain.

Upon completing a Ph.D in quantum physics at University of Turin, I switched my research interest to data analysis for neuroscience and I joined the Statistical and Biological Physics sector of the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA), Trieste, where I worked in Prof.~Alessandro Laio's group from 2015 to 2018. My research activity within Laio's grup focused on advanced clustering techniques and their application to the study of dynamically changing brain networks.

I deepended my focus on neuroscience during my stay at the Timone Institute for Neuroscience in Marseille (2018-2021), where I joined BraiNets group led by Andrea Brovelli. In Marseille I focused on the analysis of brain imaging data, with the goal of characterizing functional networks in the brain and their disruption in major diseases such as stroke.

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My current research at the Laboratory of Interdisciplinary Physics and the Padua Neuroscience Center , University of Padua, focuses on applying statistics, information theory, and complex system modeling to obtain new insights in neuroscience research.

Curriculum


Skills


Language


  • Advanced : Italian (mother tongue), English, French, German
  • Intermediate : Spanish
  • Programming


  • Advanced : Python, Matlab, LateX, C/C++
  • Intermediate : R
  • Notions : HTML/CSS, Bash
  • Neuroscience


  • Advanced : functional connectivity analysis
  • Intermediate : fMRI preprocessing, fMRI analysis
  • Notions : EEG, MEG, spike analysis
  • Statistics


  • Clustering analysis
  • Bayesian Statistics
  • Information theory
  • Physics


  • Quantum Physics
  • Quantum Information Science
  • Statistical Physics
  • Dynamical Systems
  • Complex Networks
  • Publications


    • E. Combrisson, M. Allegra, R. Basanisi, R. A. Ince, B. Giordano, J. Bastin, A. Brovelli, Group-level inference of information-based measures for the analyses of cognitive brain networks from neurophysiological data. bioRxiv 2021.08.14.456339 (2021) PDF
    • M. Allegra, C. Favaretto, N. Metcalf, M. Corbetta, A. Brovelli, Stroke-related alterations in inter-areal communication revealed via Granger causality analysis, NeuroImage: Clinical 32, 102812 (2021) PDF
    • D. Mouillot, N. Loiseau, M. Grenié, A. C. Algar, M. Allegra, M. W. Cadotte, N. Casajus, P. Denelle, M. Guéguen, A. Maire, B. Maitner, B. McGill, M. McLean, N. Mouquet, F. Munoz, W. Thuiller, S. Villéger, C. Violle, Arnaud Auber, The dimensionality and structure of species trait spaces, Ecology Letters, accepted, in press (2021) PDF
    • M. Allegra, E. Facco, F. Denti, A. Laio, A. Mira, Data segmentation based on the local intrinsic dimension, Scientific Reports 10,16449 (2020) PDF
    • M. Allegra, S. Seyed-Allaei, N.W. Schuck, D. Amati, A. Laio, C. Reverberi, Brain network dynamics during spontaneous strategy shifts and incremental task optimization, NeuroImage, 116854 (2020) PDF
    • N. I. Ilieva, N. Galvanetto, M. Allegra, M. Brucale, and A. Laio, Automatic classification of single-molecule force spectroscopy traces from heterogeneous samples, Bioinformatics, btaa626 (2020) PDF
    • M. Allegra, S. Seyed‐Allaei, F. Pizzagalli, F. Baftizadeh, M. Maieron, Carlo Reverberi, Alessandro Laio, Daniele Amati, fMRI single trial discovery of spatio‐temporal brain activity patterns, Human brain mapping 38 (3), 1421-1437 (2017) PDF
    • P. Giorda, M. Allegra, Coherence in quantum estimation, Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical 51 (2), 025302 (2017) PDF
    • P. Giorda, M. Allegra, Two-qubit correlations revisited: average mutual information, relevant (and useful) observables and an application to remote state preparation, Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical 50 (29), 295302 (2017) PDF
    • M. Allegra, P. Giorda, S. Lloyd, Global coherence of quantum evolutions based on decoherent histories: theory and application to photosynthetic quantum energy transport, Physical Review A 93 (4), 042312 (2016) PDF
    • X. Wang, M. Allegra, K. Jacobs, S. Lloyd, C. Lupo, M. Mohseni, Quantum brachistochrone curves as geodesics: Obtaining accurate minimum-time protocols for the control of quantum systems, Physical Review Letters 114 (17), 170501(2015) PDF
    • C.D. Aiello, M. Allegra, B. Hemmerling, X. Wan, P. Cappellaro, Algebraic synthesis of time-optimal unitaries in SU (2) with alternating controls, Quantum Information Processing 14 (9), 3233-3256 (2015) PDF
    • M. Allegra, Gain and loss of information by decoherence, PhD thesis, University of Turin (2014) PDF
    • M. Allegra, P. Giorda, M.G.A. Paris, Quantum discord for Gaussian states with non-Gaussian measurements, Physical Review A 86 (5), 052328 (2012) PDF
    • M. Allegra, P. Giorda, Topology and energy transport in networks of interacting photosynthetic complexes, Physical Review E 85 (5), 051917 (2012) PDF
    • M. Allegra, P. Giorda, A. Montorsi, Quantum discord and classical correlations in the bond-charge Hubbard model: Quantum phase transitions, off-diagonal long-range order, and violation of the monogamy property, Physical Review B 84 (24), 245133 (2011) PDF
    • M. Allegra, P. Giorda, M.G.A. Paris, Role of initial entanglement and non-Gaussianity in the decoherence of photon-number entangled states evolving in a noisy channel, Physical Review Letters 105 (10), 100503 (2010) PDF

    Code


    Coherence Density Peak Clustering

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    Heterogeneous Intrinsic Dimension Estimation

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    Single Molecule Force Spectroscopy Clustering

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    covariance-based Granger causality fMRi for

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    Talks


    • 25/01/2018: invited talk at the Monthly Neuroimaging Meeting, Aix-Marseille Université, Marseille (France) PDF ODP
    • 04/17/2018: invited talk at the Institute for Computational Science, Università della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano (Switzerland) PDF ODP
    • 06/08/2018 invited talk at the CECAM Workshop on Machine Learning at Interfaces, CECAM-HQ-EPFL, Lausanne (Switzerland) PDF ODP
    • 06/22/2018: invited talk at the 49. Meeting of the Italian Statistical Society, Palermo (Italy) PDF ODP
    • 09/04/2019: invited talk at the Theoretical Neuroscience group meeting, Institut de Neurosciences de Systèmes, Marseille, France PDF
    • 05/09/2019: invited talk at the Young Researcher’s Workshop on Machine Learning for Materials Science 2019, Helsinki (Finland) PDF ODP Video
    • 06/11/2019: invited talk at the CINaM, Aix-Marseille Université, Marseille, France ODP
    • 16/05/2020: invited talk at Department of Physics, Università di Padova, (Italy) PDF ODP

    Contact


    Info

    micheleallegra85@gmail.com
    Phone: (+33) 7-67-42-39-68
    Skype: michele.allegra