I am a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Epidemiology and Prevention, IRCCS Neuromed, Pozzilli, Italy.
After obtaining a BSc in Medical biotechnologies (University of Bologna, 2007), I moved to the University of Pisa, where I focused my studies on genetics, and obtained a MSc in Molecular biology (University of Pisa, 2010).
I spent a pre-doctoral research period at the Medical Genetics Unit of the Sant’Orsola-Malpighi hospital, University of Bologna (2010-2011), working on the genetic epidemiology of autosomal recessive disorders and on the identification of patterns of homozygosity in the genome.
In 2011 I started my PhD in the Language and Genetics Department, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, where I worked on the genetic and neurobiological bases of reading and language abilities and I was awarded a PhD in Science (Radboud University Nijmegen, 2015). I continued this research line in my firs post-doc (2015-2016), carried out at the Department of Translational Research in Psychiatry, Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Munich, Germany.
After some years abroad, I decided to come back to Italy to widen my spectrum of research interests to the molecular and genetic epidemiology of neurodegenerative and psychiatric disorders at IRCCS Neuromed. I recently started a residency program in Medical Statistics and Biometry, at the Sapienza University of Rome. In this context, I am working on the application of Machine Learning methods to the estimation of Biological Age (BA) based on a number of circulating and non-circulating biomarkers, and on testing the effect of environmental and genetic factors on this measure.