I am a biologist, but my training spans different branches of biology and physics. I obtained my PhD in the field of Molecular Biology working at the wet lab and doing computational models of metabolism. After my thesis, I joined the Complex Systems Lab working on models of tumor progression and in the study of complex networks. Now, coming back to my origins, I am contributing to develop the experimental synthetic biology part of the CSL.
My research interest is focussed on the emergence of collective behaviours at the cellular level, emergence of multi-cellularity and the study of cancer as a micro-evolutionary process. I also continue my research on complex networks applied to the study of metabolic and genetic organization. From a more theoretical perspective I am interested in the emergence of hierarchy and modularity in biological systems.