I am Italian postdoc at Cell Biology and Immunology group (CBI) Wageningen University, The Netherlands.
I received my Bachelor degree in Biology in January 2007. During my BSc thesis, I studied auto-regeneration of stem cells and cancer cells, at Tuscia University, Viterbo, Italy. I received my Master degree in Biotechnology in January 2009. My Master thesis was dealing with a new system of PCR-array for transcriptome analysis in the fish model sea bass (Dicentrarchus Labrax), under the supervision of Prof. Giuseppe Scapigliati. From this first experience, I started to get passionate on fish immunology and comparative immunology.
In March 2009, I started my PhD studies in the CBI, under the supervision of Prof. Geert F. Wiegertjes and Dr Maria Forlenza. My PhD project was part of the European Initial Training Network (ITN) “Protective immune modulation in warm water fish by feeding glucans”, whose scientific aim was the development of a sustainable and cost effective use of β-glucans (MacroGard®) as immunostimulant using the common carp (Cyprinus carpio) as an animal model. I defended my PhD thesis entitled “Stimulation of innate immune system of carp: Role of Toll-like Receptors” on December 2013. I performed my first post-doc in the same laboratory at the Wageningen University, where I studied the effect of low electromagnetic field on the carp’s immune system.
In March 2015, I joined Neyrolles lab at the Institute of Pharmacology and Structural Biology (IPBS)/ (CNRS), Toulouse France. My research focused on the metallobiology of host-pathogen interactions in tuberculosis. In March 2016, I was awarded a MarieCurie individual post-doctoral fellowship by the European Respiratory Society (ERS).
In September 2017, my passion for fish and comparative immunology led me to re-join the Cell Biology and Immunology group (CBI) where I am studying in collaboration with Prof. Harata from Tohuku University, Sendai, Japan how epigenetics influence cellular memory in common carp.