Personal info
Date of birth: 21/05/1973
Place of birth: Verbania (Italy)

Mailing address
Laboratory of Population Genetics
Department of Life Sciences and Biotechonologies
University of Ferrara
Via L. Borsari 46
44121 Ferrara, Italy
Phone: +39-0532-455731

- 1998 First degree in Biological Science (5-year curriculum, with emphasis in Molecular Anthropology), University of Bologna, Italy. Qualification: 110/110 Cum Laude
- 1999-2004 Scuola di Specialità Applied Genetics, University of Bologna. 70/70 Cum laude
- PhD Curriculum Genetics and Evolution (2001-2003) at the laboratory of Population Genetics (advisor prof. Guido Barbujani) of the Department of Biology, University of Ferrara.

Present position
- Assistant professor, laboratory of Population Genetics, University of Ferrara.

Research experience
- 1997-98 undergraduate student, Molecular Anthropology lab (prof. Davide Pettener) of the Department of Biology, University of Bologna
- 1998-99 graduate student, Molecular Genetics lab (prof. Giuliano Della Valle) of the Department of Biology, University of Bologna
- August-October 2002 visiting fellow,Laboratory of Forensic Biology (prof. Antti Sajantila), Department of Forensic Medicine, University of Helsinki
-PhD project (2001-2003) evolution of pharmacogenetics loci.
-2004-2005 post-doc, Laboratory of Forensic Biology, Department of Forensic Medicine, University of Helsinki. Projects: Pharmacogenetics, population genetics and evolution of drug metabolising enzymes.
- 2006 post-doc, laboratory of Population Genetics, University of Ferrara. Project: The role of pharmacogenetics in prediction of anti-cholinesterase treatment in Alzheimer’s patients
-July-Septembre 2013: visiting researcher at the Berlin Center for Genomics in Biodiversity Research (BeGenDiv), Berlin. Project: new generation sequencing methods to genotype MHC loci in non-model species
-2014 June (2 weeks); September (1 week): visiting scientist at the Museum of Natural History, Vienna, Lab. of Molecular Systematics, supported by the European grant "Synthesys"
-2015 April-June visiting scientist at the Department of Cognitive Biology, University of Vienna and Konrad-Lorenz-Institut für Vergleichende Verhaltensforschung, Veterinärmedizinische Universität Wien. Host: Professor Leonida Fusani
-September 2017-July 2018 visiting scientist, Australian Rivers Institute, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. Host: Professor Jane Hughes

Research interests
- Regressive evolution in cavefish
- Genotyping of MHC loci in non-model species by NGS methods
- Physiological and genetic factors controlling avian migration
- Evolution od pharmagogenes

Teaching Experience
-2004 Biological Databases and Bioinformatics, University of Ferrara (3 CFU)
-2006-2010: Evolution and Genetics, University of Ferrara (3 CFU)
-2006: “The origin of life and genome evolution”, as a part of Genomics, University of Ferrara
-2009: Genomics (4CFU)
-2010-2014: Molecular evolution (6 CFU)
-2014-present: Bioinformatics and Genome analysis

Maternity leave
December 2011- May 2012

Tutoring: bachelor and master thesis (>20), one PhD thesis

Invited speaker
- Curso-Taller International Diversidad Genomica En Humanos y Patogenos, Universidad Universidad Nacional San Antonio Abad del Cusco,Universidad de San Martín de Porres de Lima, Cusco, 6-9 oct 2003.
- Simposio al termine del corso “Human Population Genetics and Genetic Epidemiology” Novembre, 15-19, 2004, Università di Roma La Sapienza, Roma.
- PORTUGALIÆ GENETICA 10th. Edition 22-24 March 2007, University of Porto, Portugal, IPATIMUP
- European School of genetic Medicine, 4th Course in Statistical Genetic Analysis of Complex Phenotypes. Bertinoro di Romagna, 21-24 June 2008
- Institute of Clinical Chemistry, Inselspital, Bern University Hospital, Bern, Switzerland. Invited seminar. 27 November 2013.
- Natural History Museum, Vienna, Austria. Synthesys grant Seminar. September 2014
- 2016 PGRN-ASHG Symposium THE EXPANDING UNIVERSE of Pharmacogenomics. Vancouver, Canada. Invited speaker. October 18

Reviewer for international journals (Pharmacogenomics, The Pharmacogenomics journal, Pharmacogenomics, Molecular Biology and Evolution, Genetic Testing and Molecular Biomarkers, European Journal of Human Genetics).

Author of 16 ISI papers and one book chapter