Associate Professor at the University of Bologna since 2014, she carries out her research in Plant Biology and Pharmaceutical Botany. Her research subjects are the following: analysis of secondary metabolites in plants and derived products of food and pharmaceutical interest; use of plant extracts as plant biostimulants; study of the biological activities exerted by plants used in Traditional Medicines; biotechnological production of active ingredients from cell and plant tissue cultures; evaluation of the response of plants to various types of abiotic stress.
Graduated in Biological Sciences in 1989 at the University of Bologna, she obtained her PhD in Cellular Biology and Physiology in 1994, discussing a thesis entitled: "Regulation of polyamine uptake at cellular level and their translocation in plants" . During her Research Doctorate she won a four month scholarship in the Vigoni Program (Joint Program between the Permanent Conference of the Rectors of Italian Universities and Deutscher Academischer Austauschdienst) to carry out researches at the Botanical Institute of the University of Bayreuth (Germany). From 1995 to 1997 she holds a Post-Doctorate scholarship from the University of Bologna. In March 1997 she won a Post-Doctorate scholarship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and carried out her research at the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Chiba (Japan) for 20 months. From 1999 to 2003 she holded two research grants at the University of Bologna.
After a few years as a Contract Professor, in 2006 she became Assistant Professor in Pharmaceutical Biology at the Faculty of Pharmacy of Bologna University, at the Department of Experimental and Evolutionary Biology. In 2009 she was confirmed as Assistant Professor. From October 1st, 2012 she is a member of the Department for Life Quality Studies at the Rimini Campus of Bologna University. Since September 2014 she is Associate Professor in this Department.
Since 2003 she has been teaching as a holder of the courses of Plant Biology and Pharmaceutical Botany for the First and Second Cycle Degree Programmes of the current School of Pharmacy, Biotechnology and Sport Sciences.
Since 2014 she has been teaching in the Professional Master Program "Nutraceuticals, Phytotherapics and Food supplements" of the University of Bologna.
She has been involved in National and international Research Programs. These include a three-years project funded by ICGEB-TWAS (International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology – Third World Academy of Sciences) entitled: "Tolerance strategies of Quinoa plants under salt stress", coordinated by Dr. Zurita Silva of the University of La Serena (Chile).
She participated to a three-years IRSES project (International Research Staff Exchange Scheme of 7th Framework Program for Research) (2009-2012) entitled: "Dynamic aspects of biodiversity management of Quinoa" coordinated by Dr. Didier Bazile of the Center de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD, France).
She participated in a two-years project of the European Commission (7 th Framework Program for Research, SME-2013) entitled: "Innovative biotechnological solutions for the production of new bakery functional foods" (BAKE4FUN).
She is Referee of international journals with Impact Factor in the Plant Science category.
She is author of 54 publications in extenso on International journals with Impact Factor.
She has participated in numerous National and International Congresses.
Since 2014 she has been a member of the University Research Evaluation Committee (VRA) for Biological Sciences area.