Director of the Natural Substances, Traditional Medicine Section, Dept. of Therapeutic Research and Medicines Evaluation, Istituto Superiore di Sanità. Degree in Biology, specialty in Microbiology, University of Rome; postdoctoral training at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. Current research on the bacterial CNF1 as a potential therapy for central nervous system (CNS) disorders. Co-inventor in 4 patents for CNF1 activity on the CNS, author of numerous articles in leading journals.