Date & Place of birth: June, 10 1967 Viareggio (LU), Italy
Married, 2 children
I am a zoologist and my research activity is focused on the study of temporal organization of physiological and behavioural processes and, in particular, on the circadian timekeeping system of vertebrates. I investigate: 1) the role of the hypothalamus in the generation and regulation of circadian and seasonal behavioural rhythms in reptiles; 2) the roles of extraretinal photoreception in circadian physiology and behaviour, particularly photic entrainment and sun compass orientation in reptiles and fish;3) the influence of environmental signals, such as light, temperature and feeding, on the central and peripheral circadian oscillators and their outputs in mammals and reptiles.
In the last years I studied the evolution of the biological clock in animals adapted to extreme environmental conditions: the hypogean blind cavefish and the Antarctic krill. Using a multidisciplinary approach (from gene to behaviour) my research activity has allowed me to achieve significant results for understanding of the circadian timing system in vertebrates.
During my research activity, I had the opportunity to participate to several national and international scientific networks. This networking has resulted in a set of common publications, and in some academic invitations in order to develop common research programs.
Currently, my scientific accomplishments include 75 papers published in international peer-reviewed journals; I am first author (including equal contribution) in 20 papers as well as corresponding author in 11 papers, and last author in 11 papers. I am also author of 2 book chapters, 60 proceedings of national and international congresses, 8 popular books, and 1 patent. My h-index is equal to 22 and the sum of citations of my papers is equal to 1426 from Google Scholar (dated on February 27th, 2018).
An analysis of intrinsic and extrinsic factors affecting the activity of a nocturnal species: The wild boar