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Research Interests

My research focuses on understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms leading to neuronal death and neurodegeneration in central nervous system diseases. I am particularly interested in mechanisms underlying Parkinson’s disease by elucidating the cellular functions of DJ-1 – a protein linked to rare inherited forms of Parkinson’s. This work may ultimately provide insight into novel therapeutic strategies for this disorder.


PhD in "Human Biology: cellular and molecular bases", University of Torino, Italy

MSc in Biological Sciences, University of Torino, Italy


  • Lecturer, Aston University
    1 March 2019 to date.

  • Wellcome-Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (WT-ISSF) Fellow, University of Leicester
    Sep 2018Feb 2019
  • Research Associate, University of Leicester

    Oct 2009Aug 2018

  • Post-doctoral position , Université Pierre et Marie Curie

    Jan 2007Sep 2009

  • Post doctoral fellowship , Université de Lausanne                          June 2004- December 2006

Teaching Activity

Undergraduate modules

Level 4

BB4CTS Cells to systems

BM4MAP Metabolism and Physiology for BMS/ BL4MAP Metabolic Physiology for Biology


Level 5

BL5HUD Human disease - Module coordinator

BB5MOP Mechanisms of pathology


Level 6

BB6PRO Research project


Postgraduate modules

BI4PRO Project



Contact Details

Telephone: 0121 204 5219
Email:  [email protected]

Education/Academic qualification

PG Cert, Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice in Higher Education with Distinction. Aston University, Birmingham.

Award Date: 23 Jun 2021


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