Ilaria is currently a research associate at the Surgery and Cancer Department, in the Volatile Biomarker Research group led by Professor George Hanna. Her main interest is the analysis of volatile organic compounds in human breath as non-invasive diagnostic technique for early detection of different types of cancers and neurological disorders.
As an analytical chemist, she has more than ten years of experience with mass spectrometry coupled with chromatography (GC-MS, GCxGC-TOF, LC-MS, LC-MS/MS) as well as real-time mass spectrometry techniques (PTR-MS and SIFT-MS). She has been involved in numerous research projects (including clinical, animal and in vitro studies), applying her analytical chemistry experience in different fields, such as endocrinology, neuroscience and oncology.
At Imperial College since September 2017, she is postdoc representative for the Surgery and Cancer Department and part of the Culture and Engagement committee. In addition, she is part of the scientific committee of the MSACL international conference of clinical mass spectrometry, as topic leader of the breath research session.
Ilaria graduated at the Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna, Italy. She carried out her PhD project working between Italy (CRBA, Centre of Applied Biomedical Research, Bologna) and France (Neurocentre Magendie INSERM, Bordeaux), as part of the European PhD program Doctor Europaeus.
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