Throughout the course of my academic path in the biology field, I have been strongly enthralled by the power of genomic tools, computational and statistics approaches and biotechnology techniques to untangle the architecture of complex genetic traits, to dissect the genetic and phenotypic variability of biological systems and, ultimately, to shed light upon their evolution and adaptation. During my undergraduate studies, I became increasingly fascinated by the potentials of quantitative genomics approaches to unfold the variability of complex traits with agricultural relevance and to address key issues such as crop evolution and improvement. The eagerness to broaden my perspectives in the crop genomics field and to pursue research that can be translated into impacts was further encouraged by the opportunity to join an exciting research environment led by Professor Mario Enrico Pè during my master's studies and to collaborate with the National Agriculture Research Institute (NARI) in Eritrea. I seek to acquire further knowledge and the specific toolset to develop solutions that diversify agriculture and to contribute to the advances in crop genomics research.
Institution/Company: Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
Career Status: Graduate Student
Research Areas: Genomics, Food Security, Phenomics, Molecular Biology, Computational Biology
Social engagement and community outreach activities within the "Partir de Soi Meme" volunteering group aimed at promoting intercultural exchange and social integration in Pisa and surroundings (facebook: GoodNews Africa)
Mentoring activity to elementary and junior students coming from hardship backgrounds within the "Laboratorio Dopo Scuola" group at Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies (Pisa,Italy)
Organization of public outreach initiatives in public schools in Pisa aimed at debunking some fake-news on genetic engineering and providing insights into the potentials and perspectives of biotechnology tools in the agri-food sector