I am a postdoctoral associate in the Gore Lab at MIT. My first project was about the role of learning in the response to pheromones in the model organism Caenorhabditis elegans. Now, I am interested in the mechanisms underlying biodiversity in microbial communities.
I obtained my Ph.D. at the Department of Marine Biology and Ecology, University of Pisa, in 2014. During my doctorate I worked under the supervision of Prof. benedetti-Cecchi and I investigated the effects of climate change on ecological memory of ecosystems and the occurrence of regime shifts. I used photosynthetic microbial biofilms developing on rocky shores as study system. I remained in the Benedetti-Cecchi Lab a postdoctoral researcher until 2016.
I received a B.Sc. degree in Marine Environmental Science from University of Genova in 2008 and a M.Sc. degree in Marine Biology at the University of Pisa in 2010. Both my master and my bachelor theses focused on the effects of protection on coastal fish assemblages.