Silvia obtained a BSc in Medical Biotechnology from University San-Raffaele in Milan in 2007. During her undergraduate studies she was awarded a competitive scholarship to undertake a summer research internship in the RNA laboratory of Dr Elisa Izaurralde at EMBL in Heidelberg. Silvia then obtained an MSc in Molecular Medicine in 2008 and a PhD in cancer biology in 2012 both from Imperial College London. Silvia's PhD was funded by the Prostate Cancer Charity and was carried out under the supervision of Dr Laki Buluwela and Prof. Simak Ali. During her PhD she investigated the function of glycine N-methyltransferase, a newly identified androgen-regulated gene in prostate cancer. With a strong background in RNA biology and cancer biology, Silvia joined the laboratory of Prof. Justin Stebbing and Dr Leandro Castellano where she is currently conducting her post-doctoral research on ncRNAs in cancer.
Silvia is also extremely passionate about teaching and she has always endeavoured to be actively involved in education alongside her research. She has supervised several Master students, visiting undergratuate students and she has recently become a deputy module leader for teaching Molecular and Cellular Biology to BSc students at Imperial College London.