Clinical Research Associate
I trained in Medicine, Paediatrics and Paediatric Neurology between Italy and United Kingdom. During my training I developed a deep interest to understand the molecular bases of neurological diseases in children, including movement disorders, epileptic encephalopathies, myasthenic syndromes and different neurodevelopmental conditions. This led me to join the laboratories of Professor Houlden, Prof Hanna and Prof Rothman. I was appointed as Clinical Research Associate in the Department of Molecular Neuroscience at the UCL Institute of Neurology in July 2015.
The predominant focus of my current research is understanding the molecular mechanisms regulating the release, the transport and the action of neurotransmitters at synapses and how mutations in different genes encoding proteins implicated in these processes can lead to early-onset human neurological disorders. In order to achieve this, the analysis of results generated by using exome and genome sequencing technologies, together with functional in-vitro and in-vivo studies as well as animal models experiments, are all crucial to my present and future work.