My background is in theoretical physics and developmental biology. If I had to pick a general label for my main research interest, that would be quantitative developmental biology.
I am broadly interested in physical and genetic mechanisms generating “growth and form” in multicellular systems, especially through the establishment and maintenance of spatio-temporal patterns within a field of interacting cells. I view tissue development as a process of self-organization and morphogenesis as one of its emergent properties.
I believe that plants offer many experimental advantages that make them attractive model systems to address fundamental questions on multi-cellular organization.
Arabidopsis thaliana is the model system of choice in my lab, and the preferred approach is a combination of genetics, quantitative imaging and mathematical modeling.
- Senior Lecturer (2020 – present), Imperial College London, London, U.K.
- Lecturer (2012 – 2020), Imperial College London, London, U.K.
- Post-doctoral Research Associate (2005 - 2011), K. Birnbaum lab, New York University, New York, U.S.A.
- Visiting Fellow (2005 - 2011), S. Leibler lab, The Rockefeller University, New York, U.S.A.
- Post-doctoral Fellow (2003 - 2005), S. Leibler lab, The Rockefeller University, New York, U.S.A.
- Research Assistant, volunteer (1996 - 1997), M. D'Incalci lab, Istituto Mario Negri, Milan, Italy.
- Ph.D., Biology (2003). Developmental Genetics. Prof. P. Benfey lab, New York University, New York, U.S.A.
- B.Sc. / M.Phys., Physics (1995, Laurea), 110/110 with honour. Theoretical physics, Prof. L. Girardello, University of Milan, Milan, Italy.
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