I come from Trento, Northern Italy, where I studied Biomolecular Sciences and Technology as a Bachelor. For my thesis project I assessed the effectiveness of a new RT-PCR-based essay for the diagnosis of sex-transmitted microbial pathogens at the Microbiology and Virology Unit at S. Chiara Hospital in Trento.
Being interested in the impact of nutrition and environmental factors on human health, I moved to the University of Milan, where I graduated in Nutritional Biology in 2015. For my final year dissertation I collaborated with Nutrition and Nutrigenomics research group of Edmund Mach Foundation in Trento, focusing on the microbiological characterization and prebiotic activity of bee pollen.
I joined the Microbiology group at Rowett Institute in Aberdeen in October 2016, with the aim of shedding light on the protective potential of diet-responsive bacteria within the human gut microbiota against pathogen colonization.