Research project: Ethiopia Genome Project
Co-supervized by Dr. Toomas Kivisild (University of Cambridge) and Dr. Chris Tyler-Smith (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute) and advised by Dr. Neil Bradman (UCL)
I received both my B.A. and MSci in Molecular Biology at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, Italy in 2007 and 2009 respectively and I am currently enrolled in a PhD project at the department of Biological Anthropology department of the University of Cambridge.
I have always been fascinated by the migration events that brought a single African species to colonize the whole planet. Although with some delay, I finally understood that Biology was somewhat useful to try and retrieve the migration routes followed by our ancestors on their way out of Africa. The PhD project I am currently involved in is about the human populations currently inhabiting Eastern Africa. The aim of my project is indeed to better understand the demographic dynamics occurred in the area during the last 200.000 years to clarify the processes that led our expansion out of Africa.