1987-92: Diploma in Agricultural Studies, Istituto Tecnico Agrario Statale, Piedimonte M. (CE), Italy Grade: 60/60



1992-97: Laurea in Scienze Agrarie (B.Ag.Sci.), University of Pisa / Scuola Superiore S.Anna ,

Graduated: 110/110 cum laude; (First-class honours)


1997-2001 PhD in Advanced Technology in Horticultural Science: Scuola Superiore S. Anna. Thesis in “Postharvest physiology and technology of Mediterranean cut foliage” Grade: 100/100 cum laude;


Working experiences

-          27 December 2001 - 30 December 2003. Laboratory technician at Dep. Biologia delle Piante Agrarie. University of Pisa.

-          01 January 2004 (present) Researcher at Dep. of Crop Sciences at University of Milan.


Awards / Courses


1992-1997 Awarded an undergraduate scholarship from Scuola Superiore S. Anna.

1995 awarded maltese government fellowship for short course in English;

1996 awarded an Erasmus fellowship from University of Pisa for an "intensive course in organic farming" (in English) at Fakultät für Agrarwissenschaften Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany.

1997 awarded a fellowship (5 months) from Scuola Superiore S. Anna to conduct research in postharvest physiology of gerbera at Agrotechnological Research Institute Wageningen, Netherlands. Thesis “Research on vase life of cut gerbera flowers” (in English).

1997 Short course on “production et commercialisation des plantes ornementales de haute qualite: de la recherche au consommateur”(in French) at Scuola Superiore S. Anna.

1997-2001 awarded an postgraduate Scholarschip from Scuola Superiore S. Anna.

1998 professional qualification of agronomist (Italian national board);

1999 English proficiency TOEFL test: score 207/300.


Abroad experience


a) 1997 (5 months) Agrotechnological Research Institute Wageningen (ATO-DLO), Netherlands. research on postharvest physiology of cut gerbera flowers (supervisor: Dr. W.G. van Doorn).

b) 2000 (1 year) Visitor researcher at the department of Environmental Horticulture, University of California Davis. Research on molecular studies in leaf yellowing in cut alstroemeria flowers (supervisor: Prof. M.S. Reid).



Member of Italian Horticultural Society (SOI) since 2001.

International Society of Horticultural Science (ISHS) dal 2005.

Centro Scientifico Italiano dei Fertilizzanti (CIEC) dal 2007.


Member of Editorial Board of International Journals

-The Open Horticulture Journal (http://www.bentham.org/open/tohortj/EBM.htm)