2002: PhD in Plant Biology, University of Milan, Italy. Research activity: the photoinhibition phenomenon in A. thaliana and the proposed photoprotective role of two particular proteins, the ELIPs.
1999: Master’s degree in Biology, University of Milan, Italy. Visiting student at Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology in Golm/Berlin – Germany (10/1997 – 01/1999). Research activity: regulation of the biosynthesis of the aspartate-derived amino acids in transgenic potato plants (metabolic engineering).
2011-Today: Researcher (permanent position), CNR-IBBA (Institute of Agricultural Biology and Biotechnology), Milan, Italy. Research activity: Green Chemistry (exploitation of microalgae, and in particular cyanobacteria, as raw materials for the sustainable supply of commodities and valuable products); Plant Physiology, Biochemistry and Biophysics (functional characterization of oxygenic photosynthetic organisms in terms of both cell physiological performance and responses as well as the analysis of their pigment-binding complexes); Cell biology (study of a class of proteins predicted to belong to the PDI family and thus to be involved in the oxidative folding of several proteins).
2009–2011: Researcher (temporary position), CNR-IBBA (Institute of Agricultural Biology and Biotechnology), Milan, Italy. Research activity: feed/food quality certification.
2007– 2008: CNR term-contract worker and INGENIO fellow, CNR-IBF (Institute of Biophysics), Milan, Italy / Max Planck Institute for Bioinorganic Chemistry (renamed to Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion in 2012), Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany. Research activity: biochemical and biophysical characterization of the light harvesting process in native and in vitro reconstituted antenna complexes of Photosystem II.
2003–2006: Post-Doc research fellow, University of Milan, Plant Physiology and Photosynthesis Section and Plant Physiology and Biochemistry Section, Milan, Italy. Research activity: excitation energy transfer dynamics in higher plant photosystems.