Department of Biological Sciences
University of Notre Dame
Welcome to my website! I am a postdoctoral scientist at the University of Notre Dame in the lab of Jeff Feder. I was born and raised in South Tyrol, Italy and graduated with a degree in Agricultural Sciences and Phytomedicine from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (Boku) in Vienna, Austria.
I received my PhD in Christian Stauffer’s lab in 2012, focusing mainly on the reproductive endosymbiont Wolbachia in Rhagoletis fruit flies. I remained at his lab for an additional year as a postdoc. In 2013, I started a position as Research Assistant at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano. I dedicated this period to researching the effects of Varroa and pesticides on honey bees.
In 2013 I received an Erwin Schrödinger Fellowship from the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) for a 1.5 year postdoc at Jeff Feder’s lab in Notre Dame. Since May 2016 I am back in Vienna.
Lukas, Vid and I presented our ongoing research on different aspects of Wolbachia in cherry fruit flies at the congress of the German Society of general and applied Entomology at Freising, Germany.
Our book chapter "Speciation, Process of" was accepted for publication in Reference Module of Life Sciences
Department of Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame,
291 Galvin Life Sciences Building , Notre Dame, IN 46556