About me

After the medical doctor degree, I started my professional career with a medical training in Internal Medicine followed by a PhD in clinical physiology focused on lipid metabolism in diabetes and atherosclerosis. Then, driven by the idea to understand more about the molecular mechanism behind metabolic disorders I worked as a post-doctoral fellow at KI, studying the interaction between immune and metabolic cells in insulin resistance and fatty liver.

Now I am a staff physician in the Endocrinology Department of Karolinska University Hospital and researcher at the Karolinska Institutet.  From January 2020, I hold a Clinical Scientist position supported by region Stockholm and I am now setting up my own research group within the translational immune-metabolism field.

Research description

My main research interest is to understand the role of immune cell activation in the pathogenesis of  cardio-metabolic disorders. By combining analysis on human immune cell epigenome and transcriptome with clinical and diagnostic information, I aim to identify pattern that can help to determine human individual risk of developing cardio-metabolic complications, detect illness earlier and, find the most effective intervention to improve patient health.

Teaching portfolio

- Organizer of PhD Course - Lipid and Lipoprotein Metabolism: Basal Aspects and Clinical Significance

- Co-supervisor, PhD student KI, Jennifer Härdfeldt (2019- present ), Main supervisor, master student KI, Laura Catharina (2018), Co-supervisor, master student KI, Arlisa Alisjahban (2017), Main supervisor, master student UCLA, Marion Benquet (2010), Main supervisor, Medical Student Pisa University Hospital, Silvia Trifiro'(2009).

- Half-time review  committee member  at KI Natalie Stiglund (2019), Stelia Ntika (2020).


Post-doctoral fellow at ICMC, MedH, Karolinska Institutet, lab of Myriam Aouadi  (2015-2020)

Ph.D. in  Clinical Physiology  Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy/ Banting and Best Diabetes Center, University  of Toronto, Canada (2011-2014)

Clinical Fellow, Internal Medicine, University of Pisa, Italy (2006-2010)

MD School of Medicine, University of Pisa,  Italy (1999-2005)