After graduating with a M.S. in Molecular Biology from Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca in Milan I joined the European School of Molecular Medicine where I obtained my Ph.D degree. For my graduate work, I studied the role of Polycomb proteins in transcription factor-induced somatic reprogramming under the supervision of Dr. Stefano Casola and Dr. Giuseppe Testa. I then moved to Dr. Zylka’s lab at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to study the role of Topoisomerase 1 in the maintenance of genomic stability in the central nervous system. More recently I joined Dr. Cohen’s research group where I am extending my interest on the role of DNA damage in neurodegeneration. Outside the lab, I spend my time with my husband, mostly running behind our lovely little daughter, but when I have a chance, I love to go out for a beer, hike, climb or visit new places.