Favourite Thing: Discovery through experiments
2003-2007: PhD in Physical Chemistry, University of Perugia, Italy; 1998-2003: MSc in Chemistry, University of Perugia; 1993-1998: Scientific lyceum “G. Pellecchia”, Cassino, Italy
PhD; MSc; Chartered Chemist
2013-present: University of Exeter; 2012-2013: University of East Anglia; 2009-2011: University of Perugia, Italy; 2007-2009: Imperial College London
Lecturer in Biomedical Spectroscopy
University of Exeter
Me and my work
I feel comfortable when I do my work in an effective and vibrant environment; science is always new and challenging, that is why I love it.
My Typical Day
I turn on the PC, check my emails, start replying, go for a meeting, check emails again, go for lunch, back with emails, work on a paper or grant proposal, get in touch with collaborators and supervised students, finish off with emails and take docs home for reading.
I should say it is not all about emails! I have got 4 tutorial groups per week, meaning that I meet about 20 students (Physics and Natural Sciences, first year) for one hour per week and provide support during their studies. I also prepare lectures (Physical Chemistry for second year Natural Science students) and assess undergraduate and postgraduate students in their research activities. I am a supervisor and mentor of PhD students. I submit papers on my research and grant proposals to get funding for my research. I review papers that other scientists have submitted for publication. I attend conferences to present my research and to get to know the advances in my field and whether I can collaborate with other scientists to perform some work. I am interested in research communication and in activities aimed at inspiring the next generations of scientists. I am keen in encouraging women to decide for a career in science and academia.
What I'd do with the money
I would invest the money to support communication and outreach activities
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Committed; loyal; workaholic
Who is your favourite singer or band?
There are many but probably now I would say Franz Ferdinand
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Sledging with friends using plastic bags on a snowy hill at night – the greatest fun ever!
What did you want to be after you left school?
Manager in industry
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Sometimes – covering up school mates who got in trouble
What was your favourite subject at school?
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
Managing an ultrafast laser experiment
What or who inspired you to become a scientist?
My science teacher in high school – she was brilliant
If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Receive the Nobel prize; receive this prize; have my relatives to live closer to me
Tell us a joke.
What did the thermometer say to the graduated cylinder? You may have graduated, but I have many degrees