I am Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Trieste, Italy.

I teach Chemistry and Biomedical Optical Spectroscopy, and my research is focused on biomedical applications of Raman and SERS spectroscopy. In a nutshell, I investigate how to use light (in particular, lasers), sometimes in combination of metal nanostructures, to get information about biological samples such as biofluids or biological tissues, for clinical purposes. 

Simply put, you just have to shine a harmless, low-power laser on a drop of blood, a tissue sample or even on a body part of a person, and observe a particular portion of the scattered light. By doing so, you might be able to get information about the health status of that person with respect to a specific disease (i.e. diagnosis), or to the abundance of one or more specific substances (e.g. drugs).
However, it's a lot easier to tell than do: and that's where my research comes in.
A mix of chemistry, photonics and nanotechnology, plus a bit of advanced statistics (chemometrics).

The goal of my research is, on one hand, to provide clinicians with new technologies for a better healthcare. On the other hand, I am also interested in understanding the fundamental processes underlying such technologies, for instance how biological samples are interacting with metal nanostructures. 

If you're interested, here you can find out more about me, about my research, about what I teach and how to reach me.