I studied Physics Engineering at Politecnico di Milano (Milano, Italy), where I earned a bachelor’s degree followed by a master’s degree. Both of them consisted mainly of solid state physics classes, with a particular focus on semiconductors (for electronics and photonics application) and magnetic nanostructures. My first experience in research was at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (Grenoble, France), where I spent 10 months working as a trainee for my master thesis project.
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What is your research background?
My first degree was in Medical Engineering which I finished in April 2009. Then I worked in DePuy International as a research assistant in the R&D department. While I was working with them I was awarded a full studentship to do a PhD in the field of medical engineering and material sciences. My doctorate research was about the development of techniques to investigate the nano scale level deformations in metabolic bone diseases (i.e. osteoporosis, rickets) and how they increase the fracture risk.
What was your PhD project at Diamond?
My project was to apply mechanical testing combined with synchrotron small angle X-ray diffraction to diseased bone tissue to understand nano level structure and mechanics alterations. This research will shed light to elucidate the origin of metabolic bone diseases such as osteoporosis, rickets and bone fractures linked with ageing. The impact of such a technique is to detect bone diseases at an early stage before they progress to tissue level and also to gauge the efficacy of the existing drug treatments.
What have you gone on to do after your studentship?
I finished my PhD in October 2012. Now I am a postdoctoral research associate at Imperial College London in the Centre for the Blast Injury Studies. My current research interests are to understand strain rate effects of connective tissues across strain rates up to blastic strain rates. Now I am applying for beamtime at Diamond Light Source as a PI to perform high strain rate experiments with synchrotron X-ray diffraction. This research will help to develop better mitigation techniques such as deflecting impacts from IED blasts to more immune-able areas of the human body which will lead to fewer amputees from current conflicts.
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