Alice is a postdoctoral researcher (Buzzati-Traverso Fellow) in the Laboratory of Microbial Genetics at the University of Florence.
Currently, she is working on molecular microbial ecology and bacterial genomics of the nitrogen fixing symbiotic bacterium Sinorhizobium meliloti. In paticular, her current work is focused on the evaluation of the level of genetic interactions among replicons in multipartite bacterial genomes, using as S. meliloti astesting ground.
She completed her PhD in the same laboratory, under the supervision of prof. Alessio Mengoni, and defended her thesis dissertation in April 2017. Her PhD research project focused on plant-bacterial interactions with interest on sociomicrobiological, evolutionary, metabolic, genetic and molecular aspects of symbiotic interaction between the bacterium Sinorhizobium meliloti and the Medicago sativa host plant. She graduated in Biology with full marks and honour at University of Florence (2013), and during the master degree, she performed a research experience in the Dept. of Infectious Disease at LUMC, Leiden University (the Netherlands) under the supervision of Prof. Lenie Dijkshoorn.