2018: National Scientific Qualification as Associate Professor of General Microbiology (05/I2, BIO19).
2003: Visiting Scientist at Bauer Center for Genomic Research, Harvard University (Cambridge, MA, USA)
2003: PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology (University of Florence)
1999-2000: Visiting PhD student at Harvard School of Public Health (Boston, MA, USA)
1995: M.Sc. in Biology (University of Florence)
2020-Present: Senior Staff Researcher at CNR-IBBA, Pisa, Italy
2016-2020: Staff Researcher at CNR-IBBA, Pisa, Italy
2015-2016: Research fellow at CNR-IBIMET, Florence, Italy
2011-2015: Staff Researcher, Dep. Food Quality and Nutrition, Fond. E.Mach, San Michele all’Adige (TN), Italy
2006-2011: Research fellow in Nutrigenomics, Dep. of Preclinical and Clinical Pharmacology, University of Florence Italy
2003-2006: Post-doctoral fellow, Dep. of Preclinical and Clinical Pharmacology, University of Florence, Italy
Study of complex microbial communities (bacteria and fungi) present in the human and animal body. This is done using next-generation sequencing techniques to analyze the structure, genetic content, and function of these microbial communities. The objective is to understand the molecular factors that influence the host’s immune response through functional genomics, metagenomics, metabolomics, and bioinformatics approaches.
In this context, the aim is to evaluate how differences in diet affect the composition of the intestinal microbiota and how these differences are influenced by food globalization. These studies allow us to understand the combined role of diet and intestinal microbiota in the metabolism of crucial molecules for intestinal health, such as short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs). Analyzing the relationship between diet, intestinal microbiota, and the metabolism of key molecules provides valuable insights into the effects of the interaction between diet and the intestinal microbial community on health.