I went to medical school in Italy, where I also trained as a clinical neurologist in Florence.
I obtained my PhD in neuroscience in Florence and trained as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health and at the University of Pennsylvania in the USA. I was then Assistant Professor of Neurology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, before moving to the University of Nottingham as Clinical Associate Professor.
My current research focuses on the role of viral and bacterial infections in the susceptibility to MS and on disease activity and progression, with a particular interest in the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying these effects.
The expertise of our research group is in the immunology of the nervous system, with a special focus on neuroimmunology of MS. We use cellular and molecular immunology techniques, tissue culture, molecular biology, experimental models, and clinical studies to address scientific questions in MS, with an emphasis on the mechanisms of nervous tissue damage and repair by cells of the immune system.