Postdoc researcher at the Department of Biomedical and Neuromotor Sciences. Her research focuses on the identification of key molecular mechanisms underlying the beneficial effect of diet-derived natural compounds in osteoarthritis and cardiovascular diseases
Born on 19th June 1986 in Atessa (CH), Italy
Graduated in Molecular and Cellular Biology with full marks and distinction: 110/110 summa cum laude on 13th March 2012 at the University of Bologna. Achieved the Habilitation to biology profession during the first session of 2012 at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. Obtained her PhD degree in Biochemical and Biotechnological Sciences on 3rd May 2016 at the University of Bologna.
2016-to date Postdoc researcher at the Department of Biomedical and Neuromotor Sciences, University of Bologna for the project: Spermidine as “DISEASE MODIFYING DRUG” in osteoarthritis
2015-2016 Research fellow at the Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences, University of Bologna for the project: Role of some microRNAs in the pathogenesis of osteoarthritis
2014-2015 Visiting PhD student at the Department of Molecular and Experimental Medicine, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA, USA for the project: MiR155 targets autophagy in osteoarthritis
2013-2015 PhD scholar, Ministry of Education, Universities and Research, Italian Government for the project: Crucial role of miR9 and miR155 in in cartilage homeostasis and osteoarthritis pathology
2011-2012 Trainee for master degree at the Center for Applied Biomedical Research, St Orsola-Malpighi University-Hospital, Bologna, for the project: Role of Sorafenib in the prevention of Hepatocellular Carninoma in an experimental model of rat
2008 Trainee for bachelor degree at Virology and Microbiology Lab, St Orsola-Malpighi University-Hospital, Bologna, for the project: Placental-derived human mesenchymal stem cells premissivity to Herpes Simplex type-1 and to Herpes Simplex type-2
Teaching Assistant in Metabolic and Molecular Biochemistry lessons, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, University of Bologna
Supervisor for Bachelor thesis in the School of Biology, Dr. Rita Tellini
Awards and honors
Heritage Pride 2017 for the best publication of 2016 (MicroRNA-155 suppresses autophagy in chondrocytes by modulating expression of autophagy proteins Ostearthritis and Cartilage. doi:10.1016/j.joca.2016.01.005) received from Società Italiana di Biochimica e Biologia Molecolare.
Young Researcher Award for the quality and originality of research presented at 13th International Congress on Advances in Natural Medicines Nutraceuticals & Neurocognition 2017-Rome
Young Scientists Forum bursary for the participation at FEBS Congress 2017-Jerusalem
SIB 2015 bursary for the participation at FEBS Congress 2015-Berlin
SIB 2014 fellowship for training at TSRI, La Jolla, CA, USA
Marco Polo 2014 fellowship for training at TSRI, La Jolla, CA, USA
First prize in 2013-Professor Jerzy Popinigis’ Student Competition Award for the best presentation at 8th Forum on Oxidative Stress and Aging-13/06/2013
Editorial board member for 'Journal of Pathobiology and Physiology' and 'Journal of Nutrition and Dietetics'.
Referee for ‘Journal of Cellular Physiology’, ‘Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity’, ‘British Journal of Pharmacology’ and 'Drug Design, Development and Therapy during'.