Curious mind striving to decipher the link between adult neurogenesis and Alzheimer’s disease, at single-cell level. Boosting my own neurogenesis climbing, running, cycling, and reading books.
Italian by birth, I got my master’s degree in Cellular and Molecular Biotechnology (Neuroscience curriculum) in the northern part of Italy, at the University of Trento. During my studies I did several research experiences abroad, moving between Spain, Sweden, and Israel. During these experiences, I had the opportunity to challenge myself and to meet many scientists with different backgrounds and interests. This helped me to better define which are my goals and which kind of scientist I want to be. I moved to the Netherlands in the middle of the pandemic (June 2020) to join yet another challenge. Although missing the mountains, here in Amsterdam I compensate by climbing the mountain of scientific research, excited by the magnificent view. When not in the lab, I enjoy walking and cycling along the canals, climbing, and reading a book. Science communication and equal opportunities supporter.
Molecular biologist by training, with my PhD project I am embarking into the bioinformatics world.
My interest is to map the cellular and molecular complexity of the human adult hippocampal neurogenic niche and investigate which are the cell-types and the pathways that may be deregulated in Alzheimer’s disease (AD).
To achieve this goal, I profit from the presence of the Netherlands Brain Bank (NBB) in our institute to obtain a carefully selected and stratified collection of post-mortem fresh-frozen human hippocampi, from healthy, AD, and ‘dementia-resilient’ individuals. By using single-cell technologies I hope to characterize hub regulators of adult hippocampal neurogenesis and their potential role(s) in the development of AD.