I am a scientist specialized in cell and molecular biology, in vitro assay development and drug discovery. I gained part of my experience through collaborations with pharmaceutical industries, which improved my organizational skills and ability to work in a team. Through the attendance of and presentations at international meetings I developed a good proficiency in scientific communication and networking. In November 2014 I left academia research, and I'm currently working as business developer at Xeptagen S.p.A., a role that has improved my management, writing and presentation skills, as well as my commercial awareness.
Communication & Project Manager
Since March 2015
-Writing and editing of research projects, reports, papers, and grant proposals;
-Seminars on clinical studies and medical devices to clinicians and sales representatives;
-Administration of the company's newsletters, press releases, social platforms, and marketing material;
-Design and management of clinical studies;
-Health technology assessment;
-Networking and presentations at scientific events.
May 2014 --- October 2014
Collaboration with a major pharmaceutical company to develop a primary cell culture system to explore the protective effects of different proteins on neuronal cells.
PhD graduate training
October 2010 --- March 2014
Thesis title: “Characterisation of a novel endogenous anti-inflammatory activity from endothelial cells and its translational application in pathology”
-Extensive experience in cellular and vascular biology: gene and protein expression analysis (real-time PCR, western blot, chromatin immuno-precipitation), primary cell culture (especially human endothelial cells), 3D systems of cell culture, fluorescent microscopy, use of mouse models of inflammation and vascular disease;
-Collaboration with biotech and pharmaceutical companies for the development of cell-based in vitro assays to study novel compounds and explore cell biology;
-Experience in science communication and networking at international conferences and workshop;
-Excellent presentation skills, as demonstrated by the NAVBO “Outstanding poster award” won at the 2013 Vascular Biology Meeting in Hyannis, MA, USA; -Good experience in writing research reports and scientific papers.
MSc undergraduate training
May 2009 --- April 2010
-One year research experience at the International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), which involved studying a protein related to the human papilloma virus (HPV);
-Experience in science public engagement during the 2009 European Researchers’ Night. Presented my lab and ICGEB’s research by involving the public in simple experiments performed in Trieste’s main square.
BSc undergraduate training
May 2006 --- September 2006
Three-month lab experience applying basic molecular and cell biology techniques to study bovine fetal development and sexual differentiation.
Analytical thinkingAdaptabilityAttention to detailCollaborationCoordinationCuriosityDiligenceEfficiencyOrganizationProactivityProblem solvingResiliencyAuthenticityCommunicativeAssertiveness
Skills and Expertise
Analytical skills Assure medical quality Analyze data Interpret data Molecular Diagnostics Report data Technology research Write papersAssist with experimentsManuscript preparation and review Develop protocolsBiomarker ResearchCell cultureCommunicationConduct literature searchesDesign clinical trialDesign scientific experimentsEstablish relationships with Key Opinion LeadersExecute scientific projectsIdentify market opportunitiesManage multiple projectsOral presentationPrepare final reportPublication of articlesSet up research projectsGastroenterologyoncologyInflammationVascular biology
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology from UCL in 2014
Master of Science (MSc) in Medical Biotechnology from University of Trieste in 2010
Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Health Biotechnology from University of Padova in 2006
Training and Certification
Nutrition and physical activity for health in 2014 Certification
Writing in the sciences in 2014 Certification
Home Office Animal licence in 2010 Certification
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