Dr Staresina did his undergraduate research at the University of Vienna, Austria, using Magnetoencephalography (MEG) to study episodic memory encoding and retrieval (supervised by Dr Peter Walla). For his Ph.D. training, he moved to New York City, where he applied functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) at NYU’s Department of Psychology (supervised by Dr Lila Davachi), focusing on the division of labour in the medial temporal lobe (MTL) during successful memory formation.
Following his graduation from NYU, he took up a 1-year post-doctoral position at the Department of Epilepsy at the University of Bonn, Germany, where he used intracranial Electroencephalography (iEEG) to investigate the oscillatory dynamics of the hippocampus and surrounding areas during memory processes (working with Dr Juergen Fell).
He then secured a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship, which allowed him to spend time at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge (working with Dr Rik Henson), at the Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging in Nijmegen (working with Dr Ole Jensen) and at Stanford University’s Department of Psychology (working with Dr Anthony Wagner). During that time, his work aimed at understanding the mechanisms of functional segregation (who does what?) as well as functional integration (how does it all come together?) in the MTL.
For more information see Dr Staresina's lab website