Giorgia holds a bachelor's degree in biotechnology from the University of Padua (Italy) and a master's degree in biomedicine from Karolinska Institutet (Sweden). She graduated from Karolinska Institutet with a thesis on malaria resistance. Her project focused on identifying possible genetic markers related to Plasmodium falciparum resistance to the anti-malaria drug Dihydroartemisinin-Piperaquine (DHA-PPQ). Her thesis work and her involvement, as Communication Manager, at the Swedish Organization for Global Health (SOGH) were essential to discover her passion for infectious diseases and their public health impact, leading her to pursue a career in this field.
In addition, after her first year of master, Giorgia had the opportunity to work with Streptococcus pneumonia during a 3-months summer internship. The study focused on the virulence factor pneumolysin (PLY), produced by Streptococcus pneumonia, and its distinct effects on different immune cells. After graduating from the master program, she worked as research assistant, starting on a project that investigates the correlation between infections and cell ageing.
Besides working in the lab, Giorgia loves volunteering for organizations that work with Global Health and Sustainable Development Goals, organizing events, communicating science to the public and connecting with people with different backgrounds and nationalities.