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
Favourite thing to do in my job: Discovery through experiments
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 prize money
I would invest the money to support communication and outreach activities
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Committed; loyal; workaholic
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Managing an ultrafast laser experiment
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
My science teacher in high school – she was brilliant
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Sometimes – covering up school mates who got in trouble
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
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!
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