I am originally from Alba Adriatica, a small town on the Adriatic coast of Italy. I obtained my Bachelor degree in Biotechnology in 2009 and my first Master degree in Industrial Biotechnology in 2011, both at the University of Urbino, Italy. After graduating, I had the opportunity of joing the Laboratory of Genetics at the National Institute of Aging (NIH) for 3 years, in Baltimore USA. This experience really enhanced my passion for science, so then I decided to obtain a second Master degree in Molecular Biology, graduating in 2013.
I arrived in Dundee in September 2014, as a 4 year Wellcome Trust PhD student. During my first year, I did three 10 week rotations in different laboratories in the School of Life Sciences. I did my first rotation in the Rocha laboratory, and becoming fascinated by the field of hypoxia research I decided to come back for my full three year project.
During my time away from the lab, I like going to the gym, or my favourite crossfit box to keep me fit, because my motto is "mens sana in corpore sano". Also, as soon as I have enough free time, I will travel around the world, discovering new countries and, in particular, new cultures.