I was born on Friday, September 25th, 1987 in Genova, Italy.
Genova is a wonderful city on the northwest coast of Italy. It is the capital of the region of Liguria and its seaport is one of the most important in northern Italy. I am in love with my hometown and its magnificent views, like Piazza de Ferrari:
In September 2009, at the age of 22 years old, I received a BSc Degree in Biomedical Engineering from Università degli Studi di Genova, in Genova, Italy. My thesis work, carried out in a strongly experimental environment, led to the successful synthesis of nanostructured microcapsules of collagen aimed at drugs encapsulation and controlled release.
Then, I decided to approach the field of Robotics and I started a MSc Degree Course in Robotics Engineering. Completely taught in English, this course shared the curricula of the EMARO Programme (European Master on Advanced Robotics) and turned out to be an extremely amazing educational experience. I studied at Università degli Studi di Genova during the first year (2009-2010), while I spent the whole second year (2010-2011) at Ecole Centrale de Nantes, in Nantes, France. There I carried out my Master Thesis research work, which dealt with the Characterization of Human Movement Variability by means of Multifractal Analysis. I got my MSc Degree in July 2011, when I was 23 years old.
In October 2011 I started a Ph.D. in Biomechatronics in France. My research project, entitled “Study, Design and Evaluation of an Actuated Knee Prosthesis for Postoperative Ligament Imbalance Correction“, led to the design of a new-generation instrumented knee prosthesis. After 37 months spent between Brest and Montpellier, I finally defended my Ph.D. thesis on October 27th, 2015, at the age of 27 years old.
During my studies I developed a strong interest in robotics applied to the medical field. In particular, I really appreciate when robotics serves the spheres of rehabilitation (my greatest passion) and microsurgery. I think that having the actual opportunity of improving the lives of patients is a great privilege, so it is worth to keep on studying in this direction. Over the past few years I have been lucky to feel unique sensations. Travels, educational experiences, outstanding people from all over the world… I think that such opportunities are not mere coincidences, but come out when one endeavours to find them.
Everyone should have the right to give their own contribution to the world of Research. This task is much easier when you have wonderful parents and great friends on your side.