2007 Ph. D. in Pharmacology and Molecular Oncology at the University of Ferrara. Dissertation title: “MicroRNA profile of human cancers”. Supervisor: Prof. Massimo Negrini, Ph.D.
2003 Master degree in Biotechnology in Medicine at the University of Bologna (Final Mark: 110/110 summa cum laude). Experimental thesis: “Analysis of the molecular pathogenesis of Hepatocellular Carcinoma by DNA microarray”. Supervisor: prof. Vincenzo Stanghellini, M.D.
I have a strong background in molecular oncology, with a specific expertise in the identification of diagnostic or prognostic gene signatures. As a PhD student, I have collaborated with many research groups from different countries performing microarray data analyses. I have been collaborating with prof. George Calin (Houston, TX) and prof. Carlo Croce (Columbus, OH) since 2004, when they published the first papers showing an association between microRNAs and cancer. Then, we developed a microarray for high throughput microRNA expression analysis. I applied our novel technology to the discovery of microRNAs and non-coding RNAs involved in breast cancer and other solid tumors. As a postdoc in Massimo Negrini’s lab, I performed researches on several tumor types identifying molecular signatures useful for diagnostic and prognostic purposes, for tumor phenotypic characterization and for the cancer with unknown primary site-of-origin identification. Thank to my formation (degree, Ph.D. program, bioinformatics courses), I acquired skills in medicine, oncology and bioinformatics. In addition, I successfully administered a project as a PI, collaborating with other researchers and producing several peer-reviewed publications from my granted project. I have recently obtained an Assistant Professor position at the University of Bologna (Italy), that will permit my independent research activity. I have co-authored more than 80 papers in international peer-reviewed journals (H-index = 37, 16000 citations, according to Scopus).
2016- Assistant professor in Pathology at the University of Bologna (Italy)
2011-2015 Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Ferrara (Italy) in Massimo Negrini’s lab and Microarray Facility manager at the Laboratory for the Technologies of Advanced Therapies of the University of Ferrara (Italy).
2010-2014 Appointed professor at the University of Urbino, Italy.
2009-2010 Post-doc fellowship by the Italian Ministry of University and Scientific Research, “Assegno di ricerca”, at the Department of Diagnostic and Experimental Medicine, University of Ferrara, Italy.
2006-2008 Three-year fellowship by Italian Association for Cancer Research (AIRC). Mentor: Carlo M. Croce.
2004-2005 Two-year fellowship by the Italian Ministry of University and Scientific Research at the Department of Diagnostic and Experimental Medicine, University of Ferrara, Italy.
2004-2006 PhD internship in Pharmacology and Molecular Oncology at the University of Ferrara, Italy (Mentor: Massimo Negrini)
Other Experience and Professional Memberships
2006- Member, Italian Cancer Society (SIC)
2006- Member, European Association for Cancer Research (EACR)
2013- Member, American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
2011 Italian Ministry of Health grants, Study Section, member
2011- Member of the editorial board of TheScientificWorldJOURNAL, http://www.hindawi.com/journals/tswj/editors/genetics/
2014- Member of the editorial board of Non-Coding RNA journal, http://www.mdpi.com/journal/ncrna/editors
2005 Pezcoller Foundation award for the best abstract - Annual meeting of the Italian Cancer Society.
2006-2008 Italian Association for Cancer Research (AIRC) – FELLOWSHIP
2014 AACR-SIC Scholar-in-Training Award - AACR Annual Meeting 2014