Assist Prof Dr. Monica Maranesi | Neuroscience | Best Researcher Award

University of Parma, Italy

Author Profile

Early Academic Pursuits:

Monica Maranesi embarked on her academic journey with a strong foundation in psychology, earning her A.B. from the University of Parma in 2006. She then pursued her passion for neuroscience, completing her Ph.D. in the same institution in 2011, focusing on the anatomical and functional organization of motor and premotor cortices in macaque monkeys. Her early training involved extensive work in behavioral analysis and single-unit neuronal recordings in primate models.

Professional Endeavors:

Maranesi's professional journey has been marked by a series of internships and postdoctoral positions in prestigious research institutions. She honed her skills in monkeys' training, behavioral analysis, and electrophysiological techniques, working under the guidance of renowned researchers such as Fogassi, Rizzolatti, and Bonini. Her diverse experiences equipped her with expertise in studying the neural correlates of motor and socio-cognitive functions in primate brains.

Contributions and Research Focus:

Maranesi's research is centered on understanding the neural bases of goal-directed behaviors in the primate motor brain regions. Her work delves into how environmental demands influence behavioral regulation and cognitive flexibility. Notably, her discovery of premotor neurons encoding both actions and their negation underscores the motor system's active role in cognitive functions. Maranesi employs a multidisciplinary approach, combining behavioral, electrophysiological, and computational methods to unravel the complexities of primate brain function.

Accolades and Recognition:

Throughout her career, Maranesi has earned recognition for her groundbreaking research and contributions to the field of neuroscience. Her publications in high-impact journals and presentations at international conferences have garnered attention and acclaim from her peers. Maranesi's innovative approaches to studying primate cognition have solidified her reputation as a leading figure in the field.

Impact and Influence:

Maranesi's work has had a significant impact on the field of neuroscience, particularly in understanding the neural underpinnings of goal-directed behaviors and cognitive flexibility. Her insights into the motor system's involvement in cognitive functions have broad implications for both basic science and clinical research. Furthermore, Maranesi's mentorship and collaborative spirit have inspired colleagues and students alike, fostering a culture of interdisciplinary collaboration and scientific inquiry.

Legacy and Future Contributions:

As an assistant professor at the University of Parma, Maranesi is poised to continue her groundbreaking research and mentor the next generation of neuroscientists. Her legacy lies in advancing our understanding of the primate brain's complexities and how they contribute to adaptive behavior. Moving forward, Maranesi's research will likely lead to novel insights into neurological disorders and inform the development of therapeutic interventions aimed at restoring cognitive function.


A total of 1430 citations for his publications, demonstrating the impact and recognition of his research within the academic community.

  • Citations        1430
  • h-index          21
  • i10-index       23

Notable Publications 

Evidence for object-mirroring mechanism specificity in monkey's mirror neuron network

M Lanzilotto, A Livi, M Maranesi, CG Ferroni, L Bonini
Local neural population dynamics rely on specific connectivity patterns in monkey pre-supplementary motor area

D Albertini, M Gerbella, M Lanzilotto, A Livi, M Maranesi, CG Ferroni, ...
Erratum: Anterior Intraparietal Area: A Hub in the Observed Manipulative Action Network

M Lanzilotto, CG Ferroni, A Livi, M Gerbella, M Maranesi, E Borra, ...
Cerebral Cortex
Stable readout of observed actions from format-dependent activity of monkey’s anterior intraparietal neurons

M Lanzilotto, M Maranesi, A Livi, CG Ferroni, GA Orban, L Bonini
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Connectional gradients underlie functional transitions in monkey pre-supplementary motor area

D Albertini, M Gerbella, M Lanzilotto, A Livi, M Maranesi, CG Ferroni, ...
Progress in neurobiology
Local and system mechanisms for action execution and observation in parietal and premotor cortices

CG Ferroni, D Albertini, M Lanzilotto, A Livi, M Maranesi, L Bonini
Current Biology
Monica Maranesi | Neuroscience | Best Researcher Award

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