Education and career
I graduated in Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology in 2007 and completed my PhD in Biotechnology 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 (2015), in 2018 I became Assistant Professor at the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam. Since 2014 my work is mainly supported by personal grants including a VENI from NWO, a ZonMW (TAS), and 2x ReumaNederland (Dutch Arthritis foundation), and by consortia projects including the iCELL Flagship-Convergence (WP1 leader), LoaD from NWA (WP3 co-leader) and the OAinject Perspectief from NWO (WP6 co-leader).
My research line is mainly focused on
(1) using stem cells for skeletal disease modelling approaches;
(2) determining the influence of senescence, inflammation and genetics during cartilage generation and degeneration;
(3) modulating intracellular signaling pathways to generate articular cartilage.
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. In 2022 I become a member of the communication and outreach committee of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS).
I am involved in different science communication activities. In 2017 I won the Dutch FameLab event, a science communication competition for young scientist, and in 2019 I was invited to participate to a TEDx event in Alkmaar. Since 2017 I regularly participate to career events organized by high-school and PhD students talking about science, resilience in science and career opportunities in academia.