I studied and worked in Italy, Switzerland, the UK and Spain. I have always been intrigued by DNA, chromosomes and chromatin. I am a cytogeneticist, a biochemist and a structural biologist. I am now back to the UK and I joined Alessandro Costa's group at the Crick to study the atomic details of how cells replicate their DNA. I am a senior laboratory research scientist and I help members of the group in the preparation of their experiments and in the analysis of their data, including preparation of samples for cryo-electron microscopy and modelling of atomic structures.