Master degree in Animal Production Science in 2001 and PhD in Livestock Genetics in 2006 (at Pisa University, in central Italy). Visiting researcher at University of Limoges (France) in 2005-2006. Tenured researcher (from 2006) and Associate Professor (from 2019) in Animal Breeding and Genetics at University of Bari (in southern Italy). Co-author of more than sixty scientific publications, she has been invited as a speaker to more than twenty international conferences.

Her main expertise concerns livestock population genetics and genomics. She conducted studies for the characterization of neutral and adaptive genetic diversity of local breeds of sheep, goats and cattle by using genome-wide markers, and for the reconstruction of their evolutionary history.

Since 2012, she has been involved in EU-financed projects on the development of the camel sector. Namely, she coordinated efforts for the characterization of the genetic diversity of dromedary populations in North Africa and the Middle East. Since 2019, she is coordinating an international collaborative effort, in the frame of a grant assigned by the Illumina® biotech company, for performing the first world-wide whole-genome diversity study in this species. The project also aims at the development of a DNA array (SNP beadchip) to allow fast, reproducible and accessible large-scale dromedary genotyping. Such a tool will hopefully empower both the research and the breeding fields, by (i) allowing a more precise reconstruction of the dromedary evolutionary history, (ii) unveiling the production and adaptation mysteries still hidden in the dromedary genome and (iii) making this information available for selection and conservation decisions and strategies.