In January 2022, I was appointed as Assistant Professor in the Cardiovascular and Respiratory Physiology group (CRPH) at the faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Twente.
I obtained my Master degree in Biomedical Engineering at the Univ. Campus Bio-Medico of Rome and my II level Master degree in Clinical Engineering at the Univ. of Florence. I obtained a PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the Nalecz Institute of Biocybernetics and Biomedical Engineering in Warsaw, in collaboration with the Institute of Clinical Physiology of the National Research Council in Italy. For my post-doc, I joined the group of Cardiac Surgery of KU Leuven in Belgium, thanks to a Marie Curie scholarship. I was also visiting researcher at the Center for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering of the Medical Univ. of Vienna, thanks to the Frans Van de Werf scholarship.
During my research career, I realized the complexity of developing and testing new cardiovascular therapies and of optimizing them to different pathophysiological conditions. Simulation can constitute a solution for these challenges, so I dedicate my energy to the realization of high fidelity cardiovascular simulators to expedite more effective and personalized therapeutic strategies to treat cardiovascular diseases. Simulators are also powerful tools to improve education in healthcare, by providing more effective teaching and training to medical and paramedical students.
I strongly believe interdisciplinarity is a key factor for a successful research in cardiovascular modelling. I conduct my activity in strict collaboration with clinicians, covering several activities (clinical studies, in vivo studies, data collection and analysis), and then translate the acquired pathophysiological and clinical knowhow into simulators.