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Dr Marco Bocchio

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology


I graduated in Biotechnology (BSc) in 2008 and Neurobiology (MSc) in 2011 at the University of Pavia, in Italy. Before starting my PhD, I worked as Research Assistant in Michael Hausser's Neural Computation lab at UCL (2010-2012). I then carried out my PhD at the University of Oxford with Marco Capogna, studying serotonin and the neural circuits of the amygdala, and their involvement in aversive learning. After the completion of my PhD (2016), I stayed at the University of Oxford for a brief postdoc with Peter Somogyi, studying the neuromodulation of mouse and human neural circuits. In 2017, I started a postdoc in Rosa Cossart's lab at INSERM in Marseille, France. I studied how developmental programs and inhibitory circuits control hippocampal physiology and learning-relevant neural mechanisms. In 2021, I moved back to the UK to carry out a postdoc with Andy Jackson and Abhishek Banerjee at Newcastle University to use closed-loop optical and electrophysiological tools to correct pathological network dynamics. I took up a position of Assistant Professor at Durham University in 2022.


I study the neural mechanisms of learning and memory, with particular focus on neuromodulators such as serotonin, and the neural circuits controlling spatial and aversive learning. I am also interested in the neural mechanisms underlying the action of psychedelics. Please see my group webpage for further information.

Research groups

Cognitive Neuroscience

Learning, memory & cognition

Research interests

  • Neural mechanisms of learning and memory
  • Neural plasticity
  • Neuromodulators
  • Psychedelics


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Supervision students