I obtained a MSc in Biology at RomaTre University in 2003 with a master Thesis on the zoogeographical distribution of the scarab beetles in Italy and the analysis of their decline.
In 2007 I obtained a PhD in Public Health Sciences and Microbiology at the University of Rome Sapienza, Italy with a thesis on the host feeding and resting behaviours of Aedes albopictus in Rome.
An Institute Pasteur Fellowship took me to the University of Davis, California for 3 years (2008-2011) where I collaborated in a GCH project “Genetic strategies for control of dengue virus transmission” where I studied the dispersal of Aedes aegypti males in Southern Mexico and performed the first field-cage evaluation of a transgenic mosquito line.
In 2013 I got a part-time position as insectary technician at the University of Perugia and in 2014 I gained a Postdoctoral fellow in the same university in the frame of the project “Homing Endonuclease Genes: New Tools for Mosquito Population Engineering and Control” to characterize transgenic Anopheles gambiae lines”.
In 2017 I got a part-time position as insectary technician in LITE.