I left my native Varese, Italy, for my undergraduate studies, and obtained an A.B. in Molecular Biology with a Certificate in Neuroscience from Princeton University in 2006. During this time, I conducted my undergraduate thesis in the laboratory of Dr. Lynn Enquist studying the role of nuclear actin in alphaherpesvirus replication. Following graduation, I worked for two years as a Research Assistant in Dr. Leslie Vosshall's laboratory at the Rockefeller University in New York investigating the coding of olfactory stimuli in Drosophila. I returned to the virology fold in 2008 when I joined the Virology Program at Harvard University on a grant from The Giovanni Armenise - Harvard foundation. In 2009, I joined the Whelan Laboratory, where I am investigating cellular determinants of rabies entry.