Formazione

2019: Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale (ASN), II fascia, settore fisiologia (05/D1)

2012: Dr. rer. nat. University of Bielefeld, Germany. (Adv. Prof. H-J Bischof)

2008: M.Sc. (Systems Biology of Brain and Behaviour), University of Bielefeld, Germany.

2006: B.Sc. (Biology), University of Bielefeld, Germany.

2001: Biological Technical Assistant (State-certified BTA), CSB, Bielefeld, Germany.

 

Carriera accademica ed attività didattica

2021 - present: Assistant Professor (RTDb), CIMeC, University of Trento, Italy

2017 - 2021: Assistant Professor (RTDa), CIMeC, University of Trento, Italy

2013 - 2017: Postdoc, CIMeC, University of Trento, Italy  (P.I. Prof. G. Vallortigara),

2012 - 2013: Postdoc, University of Bielefeld, Germany (P.I. Prof. J. Engelmann).

Interessi di ricerca

- Cognition, Evolution and Behaviour

- Neurobiology of comparative cognition

- Animal physiology and comparative neuroanatomy

Attività di ricerca

The 'Neurobiology of Comparative Cognition' group at CIMEC (Center of Mind/Brain Sciences, University of Trento, Italy) is focusing on different functions of avian hippocampus, neuronal mechanisms of social interactions and some aspects of birds' visual system.  By using birds as animal models, our goal is to provide missing informations needed for the comparative study of vertebrate brain evolution and thus to contribute to the understanding of general principles of the nervous system that are not readily apparent from studies on mammals alone.

Appartenenza a società e comitati scientifici

German Neuroscience Society (NWG)

German Zoological Society (DZG)

International Society for Neuroethology (ISN) 

 

Premi e riconoscimenti
  • Prize for the best poster in the division of neurobiology at the 104th annual meeting of the German Zoological Society (DZG), Saarbrücken 2011
Convegni e conferenze

Selected talks at conferences:

  • 2020 Avian Cognitive Neuroscience, Bochum, Germany
  • 2019  RIN Conference on Animal Navigation, London, UK
  • 2017 ‘International Conference of Neuroscience’, Akdeniz University, Antalya, Turkey.
  • 2017 ‘Annual Meeting of the German Zoological Society (DZG)’, Bielefeld, Germany.
  • 2015 ‘Mini Symposium on Laterality’, CIMeC, Rovereto, Italy.
  • 2011 ‘Neuroethology Satellite Symposium at the Meeting of the German Zoological Society (DZG)’, Saarbrücken, Germany.

Poster presentations at conferences:

  • Protti-Sánchez F, Mayer U and Rowland (2020). 'Behavioural responses to umami and bitter taste in domestic chicks (Gallus gallus) '. Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Jena, German .          
  • Costalunga G, Mayer U (2019). 'Asymmetric integration of visual inputs from both eyes by single neurons in the left and right forebrain of domestic chicks '. CogEvo 2019, Rovereto Workshop on Cognition and Evolution, Rovereto, Italy. 
  • Corrales Parada CD, Mayer U. Neural basis of familiar and unfamiliar conspecific recognition in domestic chicks. 6th European student conference on behavior and cognition, Padova. 
  • Corrales Parada CD, Mayer U. Neural basis of familiar and unfamiliar conspecific recognition in domestic chicks. HBP Workshop: neurobiology for non specialists, Innsbruck, Austria. 
  • Corrales Parada CD, Mayer U. Neural basis of familiar and unfamiliar conspecific recognition in domestic chicks. CogEvo 2019, Rovereto Workshop on Cognition and Evolution, Rovereto, Italy.  
  • Morandi Raikova A, Mayer U. (2019) 'The effect of eye occlusion on the hippocampal representation of environmental novelty in domestic chicks (Gallus gallus).' CogEvo 2019, Rovereto Workshop on Cognition and Evolution, Rovereto, Italy.       
  • Morandi Raikova A, Mayer U. The use of spatial and local cues for orientation in domestic chicks (Gallus gallus). CogEvo 2019, Rovereto Workshop on Cognition and Evolution, Rovereto, Italy. 
  • Morandi Raikova A, Mayer U. (2019) 'The effect of eye occlusion on the hippocampal representation of environmental novelty in domestic chicks (Gallus gallus).' Rovereto Workshop on Concepts, Actions, and Objects: Functional and Neural Perspectives, Rovereto, Italy. 
  • Morandi Raikova A, Mayer U. The use of spatial and local cues for orientation in domestic chicks (Gallus gallus). 10th RIN Conference on Animal Navigation, London, UK. 
  • Morandi Raikova A, Mayer U. The use of spatial and local cues for orientation in domestic chicks (Gallus gallus). Avian Cognitive Neuroscience 2018, Ruhr University, Bochum.   
  • Rosa Salva O, Mayer U and Giorgio Vallortigara. Innate social predispositions for animate motion and their neural correlates in newly-hatched chicks (Gallus gallus). DZG Meeting 2017, Bielefeld, Germany.
  • Mayer U, Bhushan R, Vallortigara G, Lee SA. Representation of environmental shape in the hippocampal formation of domestic chicks. Cogevo 2016, Rovereto, Italy. 
  • Morbioli F,  Mayer U, Rosa Salva O, Vallortigara G. Septal response to the motion of an alive conspecific in visually naive chicks (Gallus gallus). Cogevo 2016, Rovereto, Italy.
  • Mayer U, Bhushan R, Vallortigara G, Lee SA. Representation of environmental shape in the hippocampal formation of domestic chicks. iNAV 2016 - Bad Gastein, Austria. 
  • Mayer U, Chiandetti C, Boschetti E, Trainito C, Vallortigara G. Hippocampal formation involvement in encoding quantities in domestic chicks (Gallus gallus) revealed by c-Fos as neuronal activity marker. CAOs 2016 - Rovereto Workshop on Concepts, Actions, and Objects, Rovereto, Italy. 
  • Mayer U, Rosa Salva O, Morbioli F, Vallortigara G. Septal Response to the First Exposure to the Motion of an Alive Conspecific In Naive Domestic Chicks. ECCN 2016 - 8th European Conference on Comparative Neurobiology, Munich, Germany. 
  • Rosa Salva O, Mayer U and Giorgio Vallortigara. Brain activity in chicks exposed to a predisposed or a non-predisposed social stimulus: an immediate early gene expression study. ECCN 2016 - 8th European Conference on Comparative Neurobiology, Munich, Germany.
  • Lorenzi E, Mayer U, Rosa Salva O, Grassi M, Regolin L, Vallortigara G. Higher activity in the right septum of chicks (Gallus gallus) exposed to elementary motion cues related to animacy perception. The XII International Congress for Neuroethology: (ICN) – March 30 - April 3, 2016 – Montevideo, Uruguay. 
  • Mayer U, Rosa Salva O, Dorigatti S, Vallortigara G. Lateral Septum responds to the first exposure to a live social partner in naive domestic chicks (Gallus gallus). EBBS - European Brain and Behaviour Society Joint Meeting 2015, Verona, Italy. 
  • Lorenzi E, Rosa Salva O, Mayer U, Grassi M, Regolin L, Vallortigara G. Neural correlates of animate motion predispositions in chicks (Gallus gallus). SIE 2015 - XXVI Convegno Nazionale della Società Italiana di Etologia, Parma, Italy. 
  • Boschetti E, Mayer U, Trainito C, Chiandetti C, Vallortigara G. Neuronal basis of numerical cognition in the domestic chick (Gallus gallus). Trieste Symposium on Perception and Cognition 2015, Italy. 
  • Lorenzi E, Mayer U, Rosa Salva O, Vallortigara G. Lateral Septum in visually naïve chicks responds to animacy. Neuroethology: Behavior, Evolution and Neurobiology (GRS) – June 27-28,2015 – Lucca (Barga), Italy. 
  • Lorenzi E, Mayer U, Rosa Salva O, Vallortigara G. Septum in visually naïve chicks responds to animacy. workshop - INSECT models of BEHAVIOUR – 4th September, 2015 – Rovereto (TN), Italy. 
  • Lorenzi E, Mayer U, Rosa Salva O, Vallortigara G. Lateral septum responds to self-propelled motion in naïve chicks. EBBS - European Brain and Behaviour Society joint meeting – September 12-15, 2015 – Verona, Italy. 
  • Lorenzi E, Mayer U, Rosa Salva O, Vallortigara G. A neuronal activity marker c-Fos reveals higher activity in septum of chicks exposed to animacy motion cues. Trieste Symposium on Perception and Cognition (TSPC) – November 13, 2015 – Trieste, Italy 
  • Bhushan R, Mayer U, Vallortigara G, Lee SA. Environmental novelty and c-Fos activation in the avian hippocampus. Conference/Course: Aging Brain, Torino, 2015, Italy. 
  • Bhushan R, Mayer U, Vallortigara G, Lee SA. Environmental novelty and c-Fos activation in the avian hippocampus. Donders Discussions 2015, Nijmegen, Netherlands. 
  • Mayer U, Rosa Salva O, Vallortigara G. Social predisposition in chicks and their neuronal correlates as revealed by immediate early gene expression. Cogevo 2014, Rovereto, Italy. 
  • Gianni E, Mayer U, Lee SA, Vallortigara G. Behavioral and neural correlates of reorientation by boundaries and features. Cogevo 2014, Rovereto, Italy.  
  • Mayer U, Rosa Salva O, Vallortigara G. Unlearned social predisposition in chicks and their neuronal correlates as revealed by immediate early gene expression. ISIS, Conference 2014 - Berlin, Germany. 
  • Mayer U, Rosa Salva O, Vallortigara G. Different brain activity, measured by immediate early genes (IEGs) expression, in chicks exposed to a predisposed or a non-predisposed social stimulus. 11th international congress of neuroethology 2014, Saporo, Japan. 
Altre attività

Peer-Reviewer for:

Animal Cognition; Scientific Reports; Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society B Biological Sciences; Neurobiology of Learning and Memory; Neuroscience; Brain Research; Brain Sciences; Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications; Neuroscience Letters; Journal of Physiology Paris; PLoS ONE; PeerJ; Laterality; Journal of Experimental Zoology; Proc Natl Acad Sci India Sect B Biol Sci.; Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research.

Editorial activity

Since 2019: Frontiers in Behavioural Neuroscience: editorial board member in the section Learning and Memory

Since 2020: Frontier in Physiology: editorial board member in the section in the section Avian Physiology

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