I grew up in a very small town, San Pietro al Natisone, with a population of 650 in the north east of Italy caressed by the beautiful Natisone river. There aren’t many organized activities or things to do, but there is plenty of great people and marvelous nature, a perfect setting for taking the first steps into the magical world of stone balancing. It was one of the hot, short summers of my adolescence that I came upon a mysterious guy who was balancing stones by the river. I was absolutely amazed and since that day, I began recreating his magic, attempting to and successfully balancing stones in unique positions.
During high school I decided to leave this beautiful scenery to see and explore the world. I lived in Maryland, USA for one year during my senior year of high school. I decided to study science because I am fascinated by the natural world around me. I graduated in biotechnology in Parma, earned my Master’s degree in Nano-biotechnology in Trieste where I had the chance to explore the marvels of both physics and biology.
I moved to Germany working in a biochemistry lab in the University of Mainz and then to Paris where I got my PhD in Cellular Biology at the Institut Curie, studying cancer and DNA replication.
I finally moved back to the US, this time on the west coast. I am residing in San Diego since 2013, where I met Celeste, and I am currently a postdoctoral fellow researcher at the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences, a modern masterpiece of architecture built by Louis Kahn and Jonas Salk.