Biographical sketch

I studied Chemistry at the University of Trieste, Italy, and in 2002 I graduated cum laude in Physical Chemistry with prof. Bigotto, with a thesis on SERS spectroscopy. That was the first time I became aware of Raman and SERS spectroscopies, and about their potential. 

After earning my M.Sc. in Chemistry, I left as a graduate student for Amsterdam (the Netherlands), where in 2007, at the Vrije Universiteit, I got my Ph.D. (Chemistry) with prof. Gooijer and dr. van der Zwan, with a thesis in Applied Spectroscopy, on resonance Raman / SERS spectroscopy and spectro-electrochemistry of heme proteins, in particular the human enzyme CYP2D6. In the LaserLab of the Vrije Universiteit I got the chance to deepen my knowledge about Raman and SERS instrumentation, and to apply these techniques to complex biological molecules such as proteins.

After my Ph.D., I came back to Italy as a post-Doc at the University of Trieste, in the group of prof. Sergo, with a fellowship to work on biomedical applications of vibrational spectroscopy, within a project in collaboration with the local Children Hospital (IRCCS Burlo Garofolo). During the first years in Trieste, I got the chance to meet and work with experts in biomedical spectroscopy, first Dr. C. Krafft and then Dr. C.A. Beleites, who introduced me to chemometrics applied to spectroscopic data analysis. At the same time, I also got appointed as Adjunct Professor (Temporary Lecturer) to teach General Chemistry at the Faculty of Engineering and Biomedical Optical Spectroscopy at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Trieste. 
Since December 2017 I am Associate Professor at the Department of Engineering and Architecture at the University of Trieste.

My current research interests lie in the application of Raman and SERS spectroscopy and imaging to biomedicine, involving different disciplines such as analytical chemistry, nanotechnology, photonics and chemometrics.

A complete Curriculum Vitae can be downloaded by clicking here.