Florencia Iacaruso

Flor Iacaruso

Qualifications and history

  • 2009 Degree in Biological Sciences, School of Sciences, University of Buenos Aires.
  • 2014 PhD in Neuroscience, University College London, UK
  • 2014 Postdoctoral fellow, Biozentrum, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
  • 2016 Research Fellow of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, University of Oxford
  • 2019 Group Leader, the Francis Crick Institute, London, UK

Flor grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She obtained a degree in biological sciences at the University of Buenos Aires in 2009. In the laboratory of Lia Pietrasanta she studied the interaction of NGF receptors, by combining imaging techniques and molecular dynamics as an undergraduate fellow from the University of Buenos Aires. She did her doctoral research studying the circuit mechanisms underlying spatial frequency coding during natural visual scenes and the organisation of synaptic connections in the visual cortex with Angus Silver and Thomas Mrsic-Flogel at the department of Physiology, University College London (UCL), with the support of a UCL Graduate Research Scholarship.

For postdoctoral training she joined Sonja Hofer’s lab in the Biozentrum, Switzerland, in 2014 to investigate the relationship between the function of neurons and their long-range connectivity, underlying the perception of visual features such as elongated edges.

In 2016 she joined Andrew King’s lab in Oxford University as a fellow from the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 to study how the brain switches attention between different sensory inputs.

In 2019 she will be starting her lab in the Francis Crick Institute investigating the organisation of the neuronal circuits responsible for the selection of behaviourally relevant targets by combining behavioural paradigms with in vivo electrophysiology and imaging and in vitro circuit mapping.