Clinical and Research Investigator at Department of Basic Medical Sciences, Neurosciences and Sense Organs, School of Medicine - University of Bari ALDO MORO. Doctor of Dental Surgery (University of Bari ALDO MORO, Italy), Master of Science (M.Sc) in Orthognathodontics (University of Foggia, Italy) and in Sexuality Medicine (University of Bari ALDO MORO, Italy). Post-Graduate in Epidemiological Methodology, Bioethics, and Culture and Quality Management (University of Bari ALDO MORO, Italy). Laboratory Head at Department of Dental Sciences and Surgery. Author of scientific papers and book chapters on National and International Journals (and Books) with Impact factor. Invited reviewer, Lead Guest Editor, Past-Associate Editor and Editorial Board Member in International Journals. Lead Guest Editor for "Stem Cells International" http://www.hindawi.com/journals/sci/si/523172/cfp/ (Published/Hosted by: Hindawi Publishing Corporation). In 2015 Principal Investigator (PI) in the INNBIORESTM RESEARCH INCENTIVE AWARD, founded from “Innovative-Biological-Research”. Participant in European Research Projects Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP)- FP7-PEOPLE-2012-IAPP “LUSTRE”- Ultra-fast Laser Surfacing of Teeth for Resistance to Erosion. (grant from 2014-01-01 to 2017-12-31- submission phase- Project reference: 324538). Participant in Research Projects of National interest on Stem Cells isolation, differentiation and clinical application, funded by the Ministry of University and Scientific and Technological Research (MIUR) (grant 2002 for the biennium 2002-2004, grant 2005 for the biennium 2005-2007, grant 2007 for the biennium 2008-2010, grant 2009 for the biennium 2011-2013). Participant in various Research Projects founded from University of Bari ALDO MORO and Local Foundation (Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Puglia). Winner of “Sant’Apollonia Award” from ANDI (Italian Dental National Association) in year 2005 for the best clinical and scientific report in Dental Sciences. Winner of "Research Award" from Medical and Dental Council of Bari (Italy) in year 2016. Speaker in National and International courses and conferences.
Scientific research activity in Dentistry, Sexual Transmitted Diseases, Medical Genetics, Clinical Biochemistry, Dermatology, Immunology, Microbiology, Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Maxillofacial Surgery, Biotechnology, Occupational Medicine, Biochemistry and Dental Hygiene. Actually the research lines are focused on: stem cells from oral and extra-oral tissues, regenerative therapies in dentistry and maxillofacial surgery, biomimetic scaffolds, genetic disorders with and without oral and maxillofacial features, genetics of periodontal disease and its correlation with systemic diseases, genotoxicity, cytogenetic, biochemistry implant dentistry, orthodontics, and Laser Technology and Therapy.