Date & Place of birth: June, 10 1967 Viareggio (LU), Italy
Married, 2 children
I am a zoologist and my research activity is focused on the study of temporal organization of physiological and behavioural processes and, in particular, on the circadian timekeeping system of vertebrates. I investigate: 1) the role of the hypothalamus in the generation and regulation of circadian and seasonal behavioural rhythms in reptiles; 2) the roles of extraretinal photoreception in circadian physiology and behaviour, particularly photic entrainment and sun compass orientation in reptiles and fish;3) the influence of environmental signals, such as light, temperature and feeding, on the central and peripheral circadian oscillators and their outputs in mammals and reptiles.
In the last years I studied the evolution of the biological clock in animals adapted to extreme environmental conditions: the hypogean blind cavefish and the Antarctic krill. Using a multidisciplinary approach (from gene to behaviour) my research activity has allowed me to achieve significant results for understanding of the circadian timing system in vertebrates.
During my research activity, I had the opportunity to participate to several national and international scientific networks. This networking has resulted in a set of common publications, and in some academic invitations in order to develop common research programs.
Currently, my scientific accomplishments include 75 papers published in international peer-reviewed journals; I am first author (including equal contribution) in 20 papers as well as corresponding author in 11 papers, and last author in 11 papers. I am also author of 2 book chapters, 60 proceedings of national and international congresses, 8 popular books, and 1 patent. My h-index is equal to 22 and the sum of citations of my papers is equal to 1426 from Google Scholar (dated on February 27th, 2018).