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Anna Gui

Anna is a PhD student at Birkbeck, University of London.

After her Bachelor degree in Neurological and Psychomotor Approach Therapy at the University of Padova (Italy), she worked for five years as a therapist with children with neurological and sensorial congenital problems in a rehabilitation centre in Padova. Her experience with various developmental delays motivated her to devote her career to the study of the mechanisms underlying behavioural differences in the children’s development.

Consequently, she attended the international MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Trento (Italy). During the second year of her master program she served an internship at Universite´ Paris Descartes (France), where she conducted the study for her master thesis concerning the development of the use of geometry in typically developing children.

She was fortunate to be chosen by Prof. Mark Johnson and Dr. Emily Jones for a PhD which is part of the Brainview pan-European Innovative Training Network project. Her focus is on genetics and epigenentics of attention in children at risk for neurodevelopmental disorder. Thanks to the co-supervision of Dr. Emma Meaburn, she will investigate the association between DNA methylation changes and behavioural/electrophysiological measures reflecting different developmental trajectories of visual attention in children at risk for autism.

Scholarships and awards

Marie Sklodowska-Curie (European PhD studentship) – 2015-2018

Opera Universitaria (Italian MSc studentship) – 2013-2015

Recently attended courses

Training School on Novel Methods in Infancy Research and Project Management, Uppsala Child and Babylab, Uppsala University – 2015

CSNII School on Neurotechniques 2014, The toolbox for Investigating the Function of Neural Circuits, Neurochip Lab, University of Padova – 2014


Master of Science in Cognitive Neuroscience (Distinction), University of Trento, Italy – 2013-2015

Ist level Master in Child Rehabilitation and Research Methodology (Distinction), University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy – 2011-2013

Bachelor of Science in Neurological and Psychomotor Approach Therapy (First), University of Padova, Italy – 2005-2008

Publications and Presentations

“Young Children’s Use of Geometry for Navigation”, Synapsium 2015 - Donders Cognitive Neuroscience Master Symposium, Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands) – May 21st, 2015

Paper in preparation: “Young Children’s Use of Geometry in Spatial Cognition”.