Current Position: ERC Junior Assistant Professor in Paleoanthropology
(ERC no. 724046 – SUCCESS - Department of Cultural Heritage, University of Bologna) since 2018. Project title: “Study of cranial and post-cranial asymmetries by using digital methods”. The aim of this project is to investigate asymmetries (fluctuating, directional and individual) in the whole palatal arch in relation to skeletal human bones by using 3D digital analysis. Skeletal Human remains of young and adult individuals are of fundamental importance to quantify skeletal asymmetries during growth and to find possible correlations among variables that may underlie physiologic or pathologic conditions in the observed occlusal patterns. Main goal is to explain the processes driving the emergence of asymmetries and potentially significant relationships between masticatory asymmetries and post-cranial alterations such as posture and locomotion. The results will have impact on the future development of evolutionary medicine as well as bio-archaeology and paleoanthropology.
2017 – 2018: ERC Postdoctoral Research fellow
(ERC no.639286 - HIDDEN FOODS - Department of Oral and Maxillo Facial Sciences. University of Rome, La Sapienza). Project title: "Masticatory and paramasticatory activities of Paleolithic and Mesolithic individulas from Italy and Balkans”. In this study, I compared results from zooarchaeological, stable isotope, and dental calculus analyses as well as lower second molar macrowear patterns in order to gain a broader understanding of the palaeodiet between the end of the Late Pleistocene and the beginning of the Early Holocene in eastern Alpine region of Italy.
2014 –2018: PhD in Anthropology and Primatology – BIO08, Department of Biology - University of Florence, Italy. Palaeoanthropological dissertation entitled: “Human dental tissues: Advancement in virtual dental analysis”
2012 – 2014: Master’s Degree in Quaternary, Prehistory, and Archaeology, Department of Humanities, University of Ferrara (LM-2 Archaeology - DM 270/04). Palaeoanthropological dissertation entitled:”Reconstruction of Paleonutrition and Paramasticatory activity of Villaburna specimen”. Final grade: 110/110 with honors
2008 - 2011: Bachelor’s degree in Archaeology, Department Cultural Heritage, University of Verona (L-1 Archaeology - DM 270/04) with a Dendrochronological dissertation entitled:”The Bronze age settlement of Dossetto di Nogara (Verona): Pile-dwelling and dendrochronological absolute dating”. Final grade: 104/110
Reviewer for scientific Journals:
- Journal of Human Evolution
- PLOS ONE
National and International Internship:
Sept. – Dec. 2016: PhD student visitor at the School of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences at the Monash University (Melbourne - Australia) (supervisor: Prof. Luca Fiorenza)
May – Oct. 2014: Master’s degree internship: Laboratory of Physical Anthropology and DNA of the University of Bologna – Ravenna headquarters, Italy (supervisor: Prof. Stefano Benazzi)
January 2014: Master’s degree internship: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology - Department oh Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig – Germany (supervisor: Prof. Stefano Benazzi)
Sept. – Oct. 2013: Master’s degree internship: Senckenberg Forschungsinstitut und Naturmuseum, Frankfurt - Germany (supervisor: Prof. Ottmar Kullmer)
Sept. 2013: Master’s degree internship: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology - Department oh Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig - Germany (supervisor: Prof. Stefano Benazzi)
February - Oct 2011: Bachelor’s degree internship: Dendrodata s.a.s. Laboratory of absolute dating – Dendrochronology (supervisor: Prof. Daniela Cocchi Genick, Prof. Nicoletta Martinelli and Prof. Olivia Pignatelli).
May- July 2010: Bachelor’s degree internship: Castelvecchio Museum, Verona- Italy (supervisor: Dott. Ettore Napione and Dott.ssa Alba Di Lieto).
Physical and Evolutionary Anthropology: Specialized in Human teeth and Evolution of masticatory system. Excellent preparation in skeletal analysis related to pre-historic, historic and forensic cases. Anatomical description, morphological and morphometric analysis, good hands in mold/cast of fossils and recent humans.
Virtual Anthropology: I apply methods of virtual anthropology in which models from 3D image data (surface scanner, TC, microCT and Synchrotron Microtomography Analysis) are used for quantitative investigation of shape (Geometric Morphometric analysis). Strong proficiency in 3D virtual analysis for the study of human and hominin skeletons. Good experience in R software. High skills in the use of Avizo, Rapidform, Geomagic, Rinhocerous, Polyworks, Viewbox, Amira, Dragonfly software.
- Using statistical techniques to come to conclusions.
- Have a careful and methodical approach to work.
- A good qualification in Prehistoric Archaeology and qualifications in other related disciplines.
- Strong technical skills along with excellent report writing ability.
- Knowledge of the techniques of archaeological excavation and the processing and analysis of artefacts.
- Excellent communication, presentation and teamwork skills.
- Can work to tight deadlines due to property development schedules
- I established a scientific collaboration with dentists and orthodontists.
- Microsoft Office™ (Word, Excel and Power point)
- Good experience in R software.
- Rapidform XOR
- Geomagic Design X
- Mother tongue: Italian
- Other Languages: English (Fluent)
Teaching experience, Research projects of National and international interest, Talks to National and International meetings, Posters to National and International meetings, Workshop, Archaeological Experience, Scientific communication, Academic Awards and titles, Membership in professional associations, Others task.
2016 - up to now: Co-tutor of three Bachelor’s degree in different fields such as Anthropology, Palaeoanthropology and Radiology and four Master degree in Physical Anthropology, Paleoanthropology and Archeology (University of Bologna and University of Ferrara).
29 February 2020 - Unijunior. Professional course on Human Evolution for children entitled: “On the trail of our ancestors”. (Campus di Ravenna – Università di Bologna, Ravenna).
2019-2020: Single Cycle Degree/Combined bachelor and master in Conservation and restoration of cultural heritage - 73783 – Course of Anthropology and Biology Applied to Cultural Heritage
2019: Master in “Professional Master programme in Skeletal and Forensic Antropology and Paleopathology – 5616” Course of Virtual anthropology applied to forensic field.
2018-2019: Single Cycle Degree/Combined bachelor and master in Conservation and restoration of cultural heritage - 73783 – Course of Anthropology and Biology Applied to Cultural Heritage
26 Febbraio 2016: School of Palaeoanthropology. Department of Physic and Geology of Perugia Course of Dental anthropology and virtual anthropology.
2015 – up to now: Examination board for Bioarcheology, Evolutionary anthropology and Paleoanthropology courses. (University of Bologna).
2012 - 2014: High school (L. Calabrese and P. Levi istituto- Verona). Course of Human Evolution.
Research projects of National and international interest:
ERC no. 724046 (SUCCESS).
ERC no.639286 (HIDDEN FOODS).
PRIN (Italian National Grant) Protocols (2015WPHSCJ_002)
Project title: Rediscovering Altamura: advanced multidisciplinary investigations on the skeleton from the Lamalunga cave, Italy. The KARST project (Knowing the Altamura man Rough Science & Technology). Principal Investigator: Prof. Giorgio Manzi; Scientific coordination: Jacopo Moggi Cecchi.
Talks to National and International meetings:
25 September 2019: AISF (Accademia Italiana di Scienze Forensi).
- Talk presentation: Osteoarchaeology: Multidisciplinary approaches for human tissues analysis in forensic investigations.
4-6 September 2019: AAI (Associazione Antropologi Italiani).
- Talk presentation: Earliest evidence of Focal Cemento Osseous dysplasia in the Late Upper Palaeolithic
21-23 September, 2017: ESHE (European Society for the Human Evolution)
- Talk presentation: The dawn of dentistry in the Late Upper Paleolithic: A deeper antiquity of biomedical care and surgical intervention
6-8 September 2017: AAI (Associazione Antropologica Italiana)
- Talk presentation: L’origine dell’odontoiatria nel Tardo Paleolitico superiore: l’antichità delle cure biomediche
- Talk presentation: Neonatal and postnatal mortality in Roccapelago through the study of human skeletal remains and parish records.
- Talk presentation: Nuovi resti di denti decidui dai livelli di Middle Stone Age di Sibudu Cave (Sud Africa).
9 – 14 September 2016 (Madrid): ESHE (European Society for the Human Evolution).
- Pecha Kucha Presentation: Dental morphology and morphometrics of Upper Paleolithic human remains from Dzudzuana and Satsurblia caves, western Georgia.
3 – 5 September 2013 (Bologna/Ravenna): AAI (Associazione Antropologica Italiana).
- Talk presentation: Earliest evidence of proto-dental treatment in the Late Upper Paleolithic
Posters to National and International meetings:
18-21 September 2019: ESHE (European Society for the Human Evolution).
-Poster presentation: The ontogeny of bipedalism: insights from trabecular changes during growth;
-Poster presentation: The most recent Neandertal remains in Italy;
-Poster Presentation: Elemental imaging of human teeth by laser ablation ICP-TOF-MS: fast acquisition and high-resolution
28 November – 1 December 2018: AIAZ (Associazione Italiana di Archeozoologia).
- Poster presentation: Uomini, mammiferi, uccelli e ambiente: una prospettiva archeozoologica e quantitativa sulla transizione Paleolitico medio/Paleolitico superiore in Italia Settentrionale
13-15 September 2018: ESHE (European Society for the Human Evolution.
- Poster presentation: A multidisciplinary approach to reconstruct Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic dietary habits: human adaptation to Pleistocene-Holocene environmental change in northeastern Italy
11- 14 April 2018: AAPA (American Association of Physical Anthropology).
- Poster presentation: The physiological linkage between dental arch asymmetry, alveolar inclination and dental macrowear pattern;
- Poster presentation: Neonatal and postnatal mortality in Roccapelago through the study of human skeletal remains and parish records
21-23 September, 2017: ESHE (European Society for the Human Evolution)
- Poster presentation: Human deciduous teeth from the Middle Stone Age layers of Sibudu Cave (South Africa).
· Poster presentation: 3D enamel thickness in Neandertal and Homo sapiens permanent lower molars and premolars
19 – 22 April 2017 (New Orleans): AAPA (American Association of Physical Anthropology)
- Poster presentation: The dawn of Dentistry in the Late Upper Paleolithic
20-21 October 2016 “Virtual reconstruction and Computational Biomechanics” In Melbourne (Australia), Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology_ Monash University - Clayton Campus.
27 June -01 July 2016 “Acquiring and post-processing 3D data in Anthropology and Archaeology”. In Ravenna (Italy), Department for Cultural Heritage_ University of Bologna.
28 June - 25 July 2020: Prehistoric Archaeological Excavation (Uluzzo C - Puglia)
1 June - 19 July 2019: Prehistoric Archaeological Excavation (Uluzzo C - Puglia)
11 – 22 July 2016: Prehistoric Archaeological Excavation (Alma Veirana’s cave – Liguria)
15 July – 8 August 2015: Prehistoric Archaeological Excavation (Alma Veirana’s cave – Liguria)
1 – 27 August 2014: Prehistoric Archaeological Excavation (Fumane’s cave – Veneto)
12 August – 2 September 2013: Prehistoric Archaeological Excavation (Fumane’s cave – Veneto)
22 July – 12 August 2013: Prehistoric Archaeological Excavation (Rio Secco’s cave – Friuli)
10 – 14 July 2013: Medieval Archaeological Excavation (Emergency excavation, Mantova)
23 July – 11 August 2012: Prehistoric Archaeological Excavation (Fumane’s cave – Veneto)
23 March – 25 June 2012: Longobards Archaeological Excavation (Emergency excavation, Mantova)
1 – 19 August 2011: Bronze age Archaeological Excavation (Lucone di Polpenazze – Lombardy)
22 Febbraio 2020 (Rimini). Darwin Day2020. Titolo. Darwin e Marx. Tra scienza ed ideologia. Organized by: Circolo Uaar Rimini.
21 Febbraio 2020 (Ferrara). Darwin Day2020. Titolo. Evoluzione Biologica e Culturale dal passato ad oggi: comprendere le dinamiche di trasmissione. Organized by: Circolo Uaar Ferrara
17 Marzo 2019 (Ferrara). Incontri del pensiero libero: Titolo: O Scienza o Religione. Perché la fede è incompatibile con i fatti. Organized by: Uaar Ferrara.
27 Marzo 2019 (Ferrara). Incontri del pensiero libero: Titolo: Storia dell'antilaicità. Cinque millenni di rapporti tra stato e religioni. Organized by: Uaar Ferrara.
20 Febbraio 2019 (Ferrara). Incontri del pensiero libero: Titolo: Dieta e salute con gli alimenti vegetali. Evoluzione Umana ed adattamento alimentare. Organized by: Uaar Ferrara.
16 Febbraio 2019 (Ferrara). Incontri del pensiero libero - Darwin Day 2019. Titolo: Darwin e Marx: tra scienza ed ideologia. Organized by: Uaar Ferrara.
12 Febbraio 2018 (Firenze). Darwin Day 2018. Titolo: Darwin e la Medicina: conoscere l’evoluzione per comprendere la malattia. Organized by: Università di Firenze.
25 May 2016: (Toscana) “Dental evolution in Primates” Organized by: Pint of Science
7 March 2015: (Udine) “Nutrition in Human Evolution” Organized by: Società Friulana di Archeologia.
6 April 2015: (Verona) “Metabolic malfunction in Human Evolution”.Organized by: Homo 3.0
28 May 2015: (Verona) “Dietary habits in Human Evolution”. Organized by: Homo 3.0
28 March 2014: (Verona) “InconfutabilMente Evoluzione”. Organized by: UAAR (The Union of Rationalist Atheists and Agnostics).
12 February 2014: (Frosinone) “InconfutabilMente Evoluzione”. Organized by: Darwin Day
Academic Awards and titles:
9 September 2015 (London): Student poster prize for best research. ESHE (European Society for the study of Human Evolution). Topic: “Earliest evidence of dental caries manipulation in the Late Upper Palaeolithic”.
2015-2018: Ministerial grant for doctorates to attend the PhD in Biology (2014-2017).
2015 – 2018: Title as expert in Paleoanthroplogy and bioarcheological field conferred by University of Bologna.
Membership in professional associations
2019 – up to now: Italian Academic Forensic Sciences (Virtual anthropology and Bioarcheology).
2016 – up to now:- Member AAPA - American Association of Physical Anthropology
2015 – up to now:- Member ESHE - European Society for the study of Human Evolution
2015 – up to now:- Member AAI - Associazione Antropologica Italiana.
2015 – up to now: Member ACISF - Academic Forensic Sciences (Field: Forensic anthropology).
2019: Organizing committee member for the association of Italian Anthropologist Meeting.
2012 - 2013: Italian regional coordinator for National Educational Sports Center – Field: Taekwondo WT (Martial Arts)