I was born and raised in Italy where I completed my academic curriculum. I received my Laurea degree (a sort of BS + MRs) in Biological Sciences in 1999 from the University of Perugia with an honours thesis in Electrophysiology, and my Ph.D. in Cell Biology in 2003 from the University of Bari, School of Medicine with a dissertation in Immuno-senescence. I then moved to San Raffaele Scientific Research Institute in Milan where I carried out a postdoc in Pharmacology and Cell Signalling. Here I became interested in muscle stem cell biology and molecular mechanisms of skeletal muscle development and regeneration and muscular dystrophy. At the end of 2005, I moved to the United States to work in the laboratory of Brad Olwin, a world leader in muscle stem cell biology, at the University of Colorado at Boulder. In 2011 I was awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship that allowed me to further pursue my interest in muscle stem cells at the University of Liverpool. In 2012 I received a Tenure Track Fellowship, partly funded by the Wellcome Trust, from the Institute of Integrative Biology at the University of Liverpool, to start an independent research group in the Department of Biochemistry.
- Marie Curie IE Fellowship (Competitive Fellowship, FP7 - European Union 2012)
- New Investigator Award for Excellence in Research (Matrix Biology Society of Australia and New Zealand 2011)
- Young Investigator Award (FASEB 2005)
- Postdoctoral Fellowship (Competitive Fellowship, Universitá Vita-Salute 2003)