I started with a BSc in Environmental Sciences in Milan and after taking a gap year in Australia I decided to continue my studies with more focus on marine biology. I completed my Masters in Marine Science at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, where I conducted a research project on the time-related gene expression profile of HSP70 in the coral Stylophora pistillata
after exposure to a temperature shock.
After graduation, I worked as a volunteer for the Marine Conservation Society Seychelles in the St. Anne’s Marine Park - Cerf Island - conservation project and then I joined the Red Sea Summer Program at KAUST. I came back at KAUST few months later as a research intern. I am now working on a project looking at improving coral thermal tolerance through association with acclimatised symbionts.
Climate change is affecting coral reefs worldwide. These ecosystems are fundamental for their biodiversity and the resources they provide to millions of people around the world. I am interested in looking at how these climatic changes are impacting on marine organisms, especially corals, and what are their responses and defence mechnisms.
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