As a postdoc in Julio Saez-Rodriguez group, my main research interest is currently the investigation of why patients differentially respond to cancer therapy and how we can suggest the best therapy for each patient. In particular, I am interested in approaching the complex problem of precision medicine investigating signaling pathways, their deregulation in cancer and the specific effect of targeted therapy, using dynamic modeling approaches.
Since precision medicine would largely benefit from the possibility to perform phenotypic drug screening directly on live patient tumor cells, I have also been working (with Merten group, EMBL Heidelberg) on the development of a microfluidics platform, which allows to screen cells obtained from patient biopsies in a fast (less than 48 hours from surgery) and cost effective way (~ US$ 150 per patient).
I am particularly enjoying the interdisciplinarity that characterize my postdoc experience, which gives me the possibility to follow my main passion of analyzing data using mathematical models, but working always in collaboration with clinicians and biologists and spending also time in the wet lab, challenging myself by being personally involved in the design and performance of experiments.
|2016-present||Visiting Scientist at JRC-COMBINE, RWTH-Aachen University Hospital, Germany|
|2013-present||Postdoctoral EIPOD fellow - Marie Curie Fellow at European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI, UK), with joint appointment at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (Genome Biology Unit, Germany)|
|2011-2012||Visiting Predoctoral Fellow at European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI, UK)|
|2009||Research Assistant at Department of Information Engineering, University of Padova, Italy|
|2010-2013||PhD in Information Engineering – Bioengineering, University of Padova, Italy|
|2007||Exchange Erasmus student at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), Spain|
|2006-2008||M.Sc. in Bioengineering, University of Padova, Italy (grade: 110/110 summa cum laude)|
|2003-2006||B.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Padova, Italy (grade: 110/110 summa cum laude)|