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Pestilli, Franco

Franco Pestilli

Associate Professor
Department of Psychology, Department of Neuroscience


Office Location

Postal Address
AUSTIN, TX 78712

Dr. Pestilli joined the University of Texas in 2020 as Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology. Prior to that, he was Associate Professor at Indiana University. Dr. Pestilli holds a Ph.D. from New York University and a B.A. from the University of Rome La Sapienza and received Postdoctoral Training at Stanford University and Columbia University.  

Dr. Pestilli is the author of over 60 publications spanning multiple fields of science, such as Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience, Vision, Neuroanatomy, Computer Science, and Neuroinformatics. Dr. Pestilli's scientific projects have been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Health, the Department of Defense, the Association for Psychological Science, the Indiana University Emergent Areas of Research, Pervasive Technology Institute, and Microsoft Research. 

Dr. Pestilli is elected Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and Psychonomics Society and has received a Microsoft Faculty Fellowship, the Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Achievements by the Association for Psychological Science as well as the Early Career Travel Award from the Japanese Neuroscience Society. He is an editorial board member for Scientific DataScientific Reports, and Brain Structure and Function. Dr. Pestilli is Principal Investigator for the Midwest Big Data Hub. He is director of the Advanced Computational Neuroscience Network and of the open science platform brainlife.io.

  1. Sani, I., Stemmann, H., ​Caron, B.​, ​Bullock, D.​, Stemmler, T., Fahle, M., ​Pestilli, F.​, Freiwald, WA. The human attentional control network includes a ventro-temporal cortical node. ​Nature Communications ​In press

  2. Murphy MC*, Mejia AF*, Mejia J*, Yan X*, [+20 others], Mabry PL**, Ressl S**, Diekman A** and ​Pestilli F**​. (2020) Open Science, Communal Culture, and Women's Participation in the Movement to Improve Science. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.​ https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1921320117. ​*Shared first author contribution.​ ​**Shared senior author contribution. ​[Paper Nominated for the 2020 NAS Cozzarelli Prize]

  3. Berto,G., Bullock, D.​, Astolfi, P., Hayashi, S., Zigiotto, L., Annicchiarico, L., Corsini, F., De Benedictis, A., Sarubbo, S., ​Pestilli, F.​ Avesani, P., Olivetti, E., (2020) Classifyber, a robust streamline-based linear classifier for white matter bundle segmentation, ​NeuroImage​, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2020.117402

  4. Kurzawski, J.W., Mikellidou, K., Morrone, M.C. and ​Pestilli, F.​ (2020) The visual white matter connecting human area prostriata and the thalamus is retinotopically organized. ​Brain Structure and Function. ​225, 1839–1853. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00429-020-02096-5.

  5. Kaneko, T.​*​, Takemura, H.​*​,​ ​Pestilli, F.​, Silva, AC., Ye FQ., & Leopold, DA (2020) Spatial organization of occipital white matter tracts in the common marmoset. ​Brain Structure and Function​ ​*shared contribution

  6. Rheault, F.; De Benedictis, A.; Daducci, A.; Maffei, C.; Tax, C.M.W.; Romascano, D.; Caverzasi, E.; Morency, F.C.; Corrivetti, F.; ​Pestilli, F.​; et al. (2020) Tractostorm: The what, why, and how of tractography dissection reproducibility. ​Human Brain Mapping​ ​https://doi.org/10.1002/hbm.24917.