Comparative genomics, epigenetics, conservation genomics
I am a computational biologist fascinated by the evolution of conserved DNA sequences. In particular, I am intrigued by the questions: where do they come from, how do they evolve, and what is their function.
To answer these questions, I am using an interdisciplinary approach at the interface of comparative genomics and epigenetics.
I am a Research Associate in the Richard Durbin's group at the Department of Genetics and visiting worker at the Wellcome Sanger Institute. After completing a BSc in Animal Sciences and Technologies at the University of Padova (IT), I moved to the Netherlands where I enrolled in the MSc programme in Animal Breeding and Genetics. In 2020 I graduated from my PhD. The aim of my PhD was to develop comprehensive genome information for a more precise and meaningful evaluation of animal genetic resources via a combination of population genetics, comparative genomics, and functional genomics.
At present, I am the vertebrate sampling coordinator for the Vertebrate Genomes Project (VGP) and Darwin Tree of Life (DToL), ambitious projects that aim to provide to the scientific community high-quality, near error-free, reference genome assemblies of 70,000 species (VGP) and all species endemic to the UK and Ireland (DToL).