I am Vanessa Leite, Ph.D. Candidate at Institute of Neuroinformatics, UZH/ETHz. I have a Master's degree in Computer Graphics from PUC-Rio, Brazil (2012). After my master's, I worked for four years in a software development institute.

In October 2016 I joined Matthew Cook’s Cortical Computation Group, working on a 3D reconstruction of neurons from electron microscopy images.
And in October 2018 I joined the Neuromorphic Cognitive Systems group, where I am carrying on my Ph.D. project supervised by Giacomo Indiveri.

My Ph.D. project focus on facilitating the emulation of Spiking Neural Networks onto Neuromorphic Hardware. I'm always happy talking about my project and explaining what our goal is.

My participation in fighting for gender equality dates back to 2006 when I joined the Computer Science Central Students Directorate. There we used to explain feminism, gender bias, and harassment to all the students.

In 2019, already in Zurich, I became a member of the “Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee from the Neuroscience Center (EIC - ZNZ), where I'm carrying my Ph.D.


In 2019 I joined the 500WS Zurich Pod, and in 2020 I became part of the coordination team.

Vanessa Leite, MSc.