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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

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

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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