Scientific biography (family tree)
I was born in 1977 in Turin, Italy. From 1996 to 2001 I studied Medical Biotechnology at University of Turin, in Italy. After graduating, I moved at the IMP in Vienna (Austria) where I worked as a graduate student in Barry Dickson‘s laboratory, studying the development of the nervous system in the embryo of Drosophila melanogaster (2002-2006). From September 2006 to April 2008, I was a post-doc in the laboratory for research on sleep and consciousness directed by Chiara Cirelli and Giulio Tononi. In October 2010 I started my own group at Imperial College in London, first as Independent Research Fellow and, since October 2012, as Lecturer (equivalent to the American Assistant Professor).
My current research is aimed at elucidating the enigmatic function(s) of sleep using a combination of neurobiology, genetics and informatics. The core of the work is carried on using Drosophila melanogaster as the model system. During my spare time, I love hacking with software and hardware. I have two young kids with whom I share a passion for LEGO and the outdoors. I am an enthusiast Linux user and a passionate sustainer of the open source philosophy. I am all for open and collaborative science and I am one of the organisers of the JEDI, the club of the Junior European Drosophila Investigators.
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