I recently finished my doctoral studies in Peder Olofsson’s group at Bioclinicum, Karolinska Institute (Solna). Before joining Olofsson’s Lab I worked as master’s candidate and research assistant in Ana Teixeira’s group, in Department of Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics (MBB) at Biomedicum, Karolinska Institute. I graduated with laude in Neuroscience (Msc), from University of Trieste in partnership with SISSA (Trieste, Italy), after a bachelor's degree in Biology, from Roma Tre University (Rome, Italy).
I have in-depth experience with both in vitro and in vivo studies as well as several biochemical techniques. During the last years, my projects spanned from investigating how materials with different mechanical proprieties affect differentiation of neuroepithelial pluripotent stem cells, to expanding the knowledge regarding molecular mechanisms at the base of the “inflammatory reflex”, through which the nervous system ameliorates inflammation via decreasing systemic levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines. More recently, I worked on the interplay between neural control of atherosclerosis development and progression, and characterization of a sub-population of human T cells able to produce and secrete the neurotransmitter acetylcholine.