Jul 1994: Doctor in Biological Science, Faculty of Biology, University of Milan.
Dec 2006: PhD in Human Biology (summa cum Laude), Faculty of Medicine, Ludwig-Maximilian-University, Munich.
Oct 1992-Jul 1994: Thesis at the Department of Tumor Immunology and Immunotherapy, directed by Dr. Giorgio Parmiani, at the National Institute of Cancer Research in Milan.
Sep 1994-Apr 1997: Fellow at the Department of Tumor Immunology and Immunotherapy, directed by Dr. Giorgio Parmiani, at the National Institute of Cancer Research in Milan.
May 1997- Sep 1998: Child care and transfer to Germany.
Oct 1998- Mar 2001: Fellow at the Department of Neuroimmunology, directed by Prof. Hartmut Wekerle, at the Max-Planck-Institute of Neurobiology, and in collaboration with the Institute for Clinical Neuroimmunology directed by Prof. Reinhard Hohlfeld, Munich.
Apr 2001-Sep 2005: Research Assistant at the Department of Neuroimmunology, directed by Prof. Hartmut Wekerle, at the Max-Planck-Institute of Neurobiology, and in collaboration with the Institute for Clinical Neuroimmunology directed by Prof. Reinhard Hohlfeld, Munich.
Oct 2005-2010: Group Leader in the Unit of Neuroimmunology at the Neurological Institute Carlo Besta, Milan, Italy. Position financed by Italian Ministry of Health (Brain Gain Program).
Since Nov 2010: Group Leader at the Institute of Experimental Neurology, Ospedale San Raffaele, Milan, Italy.
Nov 2005, Young Investigator Award for Multiple Sclerosis Research (1st prize), European Charcot Foundation.
Jun 2008, Best PhD contribution at Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany.
Nov 2012 Trotula Award, Centro Studi Civitas Hippocratica, Salerno.
January 2014: National Habilitation as Associate Professor for 06/A2 General and Clinical Pathology, 05/H2 Histology, 05/F1 Applied Biology, 05/E2 Molecular Biology.
Expert Evaluator of the European Commission and of the Spanish Ministry for Health. Reviewer for several funding agencies, such as Agence Nationale de la recherché, National Institute for Social Care and Health Research (NISCHR)/Welsh Assembly Government, UK multiple sclerosis society, DFG Deutsche Forschungsgesellschaft, Foundation ARSEP-French MS research Society, SAO-FRMA Stichting voor Alzheimer Onderzoek- Fondation pour la Recherche sur la Maladie d’Alzheimer, AFMTéléthon. Referee for several international scientific journals, such as Journal of Experimental Medicine, Science Translational Medicine, Journal of Immunology, Glia, Journal of Neuroimmunology, Journal of Neurology, Brain Behaviour and Immunity, Pharmacogenomics.
Grant Review Panel member of the UK Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Member of the Italian and of the International Society of Neuroimmunology.
Member of the Executive Board of the Italian and International Societies of Neuroimmunology.
CNS Homeostasis and Pathology; Glia cell biology; Mechanism of action of multiple sclerosis therapies; Transcriptomics, bioinformatics and systems biology in neurological disorders.