I received my PhD degree in Molecular Biotechnologies from the Università Cattolica del S. C. (Piacenza, Italy) in 1994. In the same year I was appointed Assistant Professor of Plant Genetics (SSD AGR/07)
During 1995-1998 I visited the Salk Institute for Biological Studies (CA, USA) discovering the function of nitric oxide in plant disease resistance.
In 2001, I joined the University of Verona, in Italy, as Associate Professor of Plant Genetics (SSD Agr/07). In those years, the decoding of the human genome and the understanding of the enormous potential of genomics boosted the development of new sequencing technologies that would have soon revolutionized the field of genetics.
In 2003 I've joined the EMBO community as EMBO Young Investigator
I embraced next generation sequencing technologies in 2007, switching the lab to the development and use of the new tools that genomic technologies were offering to microbial, plant, animal and human biologists.
I'm currently Full Professor of Genetics (SSD BIO/18) at University of Verona, where I have the privilege of coordinating an extensive program of research characterized by an interdisciplinary approach that connects genetics, molecular biology, bioinformatics and genomics.
In 2020, together with my colleagues Marzia Rossato and Alessandro Salviati we founded Genartis SRL, a spin-off of University of Verona that operates in the field of personalized genomics and DNA sequencing.