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Research experience

Graduated in 2005 in Biological Science, and specialised in 2007 in Behavioural Biology, I finished my PhD on Ecology and Animal Behaviour in 2012 (advisor Prof. Stefano Turilazzi, Università Degli Studi di Firenze). During my PhD, I investigated the proximate and ultimate factors affecting the behavioural ecology and immunity of insect societies.

I worked as Marie Curie Research Fellow in Prof. Lars Chittka’s lab at Queen Mary University of London investigating how secondary metabolites of nectars affect foraging behaviour in bumblebees via enhanced memory for floral traits and whether nectars pharmacologically manipulate pollinators’ behaviour. I also extended my interest to cognitive capacities of bumblebees and chemical and visual communication in social wasps (Polistinae and Stenogastrinae).

Currently I am postdoc in Prof. Martin Giurfa’ s lab at Université Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier and Prof. Patrizia d’Ettorre’s Lab at Université Paris13 working on the modulatory effect of pheromones on experience-dependent behaviour of the honeybee Apis mellifera and the ant Lasius niger. I am using a combination of behavioural (conditioning protocols), pharmacological and physiological (in vivo calcium imaging) approaches.

 

Social Immunity in Insect Societies

 

Biology and Systematics of Stenogastrinae wasps

 

 

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