I am a researcher with a scientific background in condensed, soft matter physics and biophysics, with an additional expertise in microbiology. In my work, I combine expertise from multiple disciplines to solve fundamental scientific problems, and have intimate knowledge of both technical and general aspects of research projects. This has proven crucial to evaluate cost/effectiveness and appropriateness of technologies.
After finishing my doctorate research at the Sapienza University of Rome I left for Edinburgh University where I presently perform research on bacterial DNA-repair mechanisms. By quantifying dynamics of single molecules in live bacteria I try to understand how bacteria can survive chemical assaults with antibiotics that target their DNA.
Besides fundamental science, I have experience in communicating scientific ideas and principles with people from different backgrounds. I also contributed to finding new non-invasive methods to preserve antique books and characterise the marble of archaeological sculptures.