I hold a Chair in Restorative Neuroscience at Imperial College where I research on the molecular and transcriptional mechanisms that control neuroregeneration. I also hold a post within the NHS as a consultant in Neurology. Previously, since 2006, I worked at the University of Tuebingen, Germany as a Research Group Leader, where I was also a consultant clinician in Stroke and General Neurology.
I did my post-doctoral training in Neuroscience studying gene expression regulation after spinal cord injury at Georgetown University, Washington DC, 2001-2004 where I was also research Instructor (2004-2006). I studied Medicine at La Sapienza University and did my Neurology training at Catholic University, Rome, Italy.
My main area of research is molecular neuroregeneration trying to understand the key molecular mechanisms that control the capacity of axons or adult stem cells to regenerate after central nervous system injuries, including spinal trauma and stroke. In fact, enhancing the regenerative properties of the injured central nervous system may be important to promote recovery of function and limit neurological disability.