I got a Bachelor's Degree in Biological Sciences in 2006 and a Master's degree in Neurosceince in 2008 at the University of Trieste. In 2012, I received a PhD in Biomedical and Biotechnological Sciences from the University of Udine, with a thesis on the modulation of pain perception by contextual information.
I spent two years at SISSA as a post-doc fellow, working with Dott.ssa Giorgia Silani on a project aimed at investigating the neuronal basis of empathy and prosocial behavior. In 2014, I joined Prof. Alessio Avenanti's lab at Centro Studi e Ricerche in Neuroscienze Cognitive (University of Bologna), where I used TMS-EEG to investigate effective connectivity in the cortical motor network during action execution and perception. I also collaborated with Prof.ssa Elisabetta Làdavas's group on a project focusing on brain oscillations in hemianopic patients.
I am interested in the neuronal bases of action perception and I am currently working on deception detection. In order to shed light on this topic, I use TMS on healthy participants during action observation or real interactions. I am also interested in brain connectivity assessed with TMS-EEG co-registration or analysing EEG brain oscillations.