Education and career
I graduated in Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology in 2007 and completed my PhD in Biotechnology and Tissue Engineering in 2011 (University of Genova, Italy). Subsequently, I moved to the Netherlands after accepting a postdoc position in the group of Prof. van Osch (Erasmus MC, Rotterdam). After a secondment at the Stanford University in 2015, I became Assistant Professor at the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam. Since 2014 my work is mainly supported by personal grants from NWO (VENI, section STW), ZonMW (TAS call), 2x ReumaNederland (Dutch Arthritis foundation), an internal Erasmus MC grant, and a grant from the AO-foundation in Davos (Switzerland). My research line is mainly focused on (1) chondrogenically differentiate stem cells for skeletal disease modelling approaches; (2) determining the role of senescence and inflammation during cartilage generation and degeneration; (3) modulating intracellular signaling pathways to generate articular cartilage in vivo. I am involved in different science communication activities. In 2017 I won the Dutch FameLab event, a science communication competition for young scientist, in 2019 I was invited to participate to a TEDx event in Alkmaar, and I am happy to regularly engage with high-school and PhD students about science. Since 2018 I am board member and secretary of the Dutch society for matrix biology (NVMB) and associate editor for Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology.