MSCA Individual Fellowships: Fellows and Projects

Marie Curie Fellows at Unipd

  Victoria Konidari – RE-mapping: Tackling early school leaving and low school performance through working with students’ representational spaces. The case of 15 years old students in France, Italy and Greece

Victoria comes from Greece. The Re-mapping project explores the question of early school leaving and low performance through students’ “representational spaces” and “imagined geographies”.  The aim is to deepen the problem of marginalization of young people, to shed light on the unidentified ontologies, lying in the shadows of the existing conceptual categories, and to propose a new language for school pedagogy.
The project will be supervised by prof. Mirca Benetton at the Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Pedagogy and Applied Psychology (FISPPA).

  Sonia Silvestri – CreScenDo: Combining Remote Sensing Technologies for Peatland Detection and Characterization

Silvestri received her doctoral training in Environmental System Modelling at the University of Padova, with a focus on remote sensing and the interdependence of salt marsh morphology and halophytic vegetation. She received her Laurea in Environmental Sciences from the University Ca’ Foscari in Venice. Silvestri joined the Nicholas School of the Environment (Duke University, USA) in 2011 and came back to Padova during the summer 2016. Her research has always focused on airborne and satellite remote sensing applied to soil studies, vegetation mapping, hydrology, tidal environments morphology, coastal water quality. Silvestri’s main research interest is currently the quantification of organic carbon stocks in peatlands, which are the most carbon-dense environments of the world. As asserted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the conservation and protection of peatlands is of key importance to avoid increased CO2 emissions and to mitigate climate change. The MSCA fellowship will give Silvestri the opportunity to combine for the first time satellite acquisitions from passive and active sensors with geophysical data collected from airborne platforms to map the extent and the thickness of peat deposits at the regional to global scales. The project will be supervised by prof. Antonio Vettore at the Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry (TESAF).

  Hjalte Frellesvig – HiProLoop: Scattering Amplitudes for Higgs Production at High-Order as touchstone for Automated Multiloop Feynman Calculus

Hjalte comes from Denmark. HiProLoop is about precision calculations of scattering processes at particle colliders such as the "Large Hadron Collider". Particularly the Researcher will investigate some specific processes involving the Higgs particle. His focus will be on calculational methods which are generalizable to other processes and on the classes of mathematical functions which will appear in the results.
The supervisor is prof. Pierpaolo Mastrolia at the Department of Physics and Astrophysics (DFA).

  Alice Sosic – BICEPSvsHIV: Novel strategies for anti-HIV-1 therapy: Small molecules targeting RNA partners of the nucleocapsid protein

Alice Sosic is a medicinal chemist specialized in drug development and in the evaluation of drugs molecular mechanisms of action. She obtained her PhD in Molecular Sciences in 2013 from the University of Padova, where then she has worked as Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Her project BICEPSvsHIV, “Novel strategies for anti-HIV-1 therapy: Small molecules targeting RNA partners of the nucleocapsid protein”, will focus on the development of an original anti-HIV strategy that draws the spotlight on RNA leading to new antiretroviral agents, which are urgently needed to overcome the emergence of resistance to existing drugs. During the outgoing phase, she will work at The RNA Institute (State University of New York at Albany) aimed at the development of new mass spectrometry-based technologies to investigate the structure-function relationships of viral RNAs as tools for drug discovery, under the supervision of Prof. Dan Fabris. During the incoming phase, she will transfer her knowledge of mass spectrometry of nucleic acids acquired at the RNA Institute to the University of Padova, transforming her expertise into concrete therapeutic and technical applications. The project will be supervised by Prof. Barbara Gatto at the Department of Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences.
Video: Look at the Horizon! Gel Electrophoresis and Mass Spectrometry to Develop New anti-HIV Drugs

  Felipe Gomez Cuba – WINDASH: Wireless with Increased Network Density, Antennas, Spectrum and Heterogeneity

Felipe Gomez Cuba is a telecommunications engineer and studied at the University of Vigo (Spain), where he also completed a Master in “Applications of Signal Processing in Communications” (2012) and gained his PhD in 2015. His doctoral thesis focused on cooperative wireless communications and in this project he will continue this line of research with the aim of designing wireless network architectures that maximize the potential benefit of increased resources and developing optimal resources allocation schemes that maximize network performance in these architectures. Following a cross-layer interdisciplinary approach, he will work and collaborate with The Wireless System Group at Stanford University (communications), and the SIGNET group at University of Padova (networks). The project will be supervised by Prof. Michele Zorziat the Department of Information Engineering.

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  Antonio Acosta-Vigil – NANOGRANITES: Nanogranite Inclusions: New Window into the Partial Melting of the Deep Earth´s Crust c

Antonio comes from Spain. He obtained his PhD from the Universidad de Granada (Spain), and had postdoc experiences at the University of Oklahoma (USA) and the University of Padova. He has always worked on the petrology and high temperature geochemistry of crustal rocks, though using different approaches (field studies, experiments, modeling). He is the PI of this project and, in collaboration with researchers of the Australian National University, University of Padova and Instituto Andaluz de Ciencias de la Tierra-CSIC of Spain, he will conduct experiments and different types of analyses on rocks formed in the lower continental crust of the Earth. The project will be supervised by Prof. Cesare Bernardo at the Department of Geosciences.

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  Sandrine Paradis-Grenouillet – THISTLE: Transformation and the management of HIStorical foresT. Landscapes of the Eugaean Hill (Padua, Italy). Fresh perspectives through spatial analyses and dendro-anthracology

Sandrine Paradis-Grenouillet completed her BA in archaeology and MA in Archeoscience at Dijon University (France). In 2012, she obtained her PhD in geography, with hioghest honours, from the Limoges University (France). Her research covers several disciplines (geography, geohistory, geoarchaeology, archeobotany etc.) and deals with the pressure of human activities on forest areas. In this project she focuses on the evolution of historical forests in the Euganean Hills (Colli Euganei, Padua-Italy) through wood charcoal production, with the aim of developing an integrated approach to reconstruct forest landscapes on the Euganean Hills at different temporal and spatial scales. She will develop historical mapping of woodlands, conduct field surveys to identify archaeological remains into the forest and realised anthracological analysis on charcoal production site. The project will be supervised by Prof. Chavarria Arnau Alejandra at the Department of Cultural Heritage.

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  Subhabrata Maiti – NANOCARB: Self-selection of a multivalent nanosystem for carbohydrate recognition

Subhabrata Maiti obtained his PhD degree in 2013 from Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Kolkata (India). His PhD work dealt with the investigation on soft-nanocomposite system comprised with metal nanoparticles and their applications in enzyme catalysis and  biomolecule sensing. He worked then at the University of Padova (Department of Chemical Science) under the guidance of Prof. Prins as a fellow of an International Mobility Programme. His NANOCARB project has the purpose to build up an original method for the development of an innovative class of carbohydrate receptors using dynamic combinatorial chemistry (DCC) on the surface of a gold nanoparticle with a broad aim towards developing a multivalent nanosystem able to recognize its target also in vivo. The project will be supervised by Prof. Prins LeonardJanat the Department of Chemical Sciences

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  Beatrice Scutaru – TransHI-Rom: Risk and Migration. A Transnational History of Romanian Migration (2002-2013)

Beatrice Scutaru comes from Romania. She completed her BA and MA at the University of Angers (France). In September 2013, she received her PhD, with first-class honours, from the Universities of Angers (France) and Alexandru-Ioan Cuza - Iasi (Romania). She then worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre de Recherches Historiques de l’Ouest (University of Angers).
Her project TransHI-Rom, "Risk and Migration. A Transnational History of Romanian Migration (2002-2013)", will analyse how evaluations of and responses to risk shape the migration process. Drawing on empirical research, the study will demonstrate the relevance of “risk” in undertaking the migration process and will provide a more complete history of Romanian migration during the last decade. The project will be supervised by Prof. Antonio Varsoriat the Department of Political Science, Law, and International Studies.

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RadioBue interview with Beatrice Scutaru

Unipd Fellows in Europe and around the World

  Francesco Cerchiaro – REMix: Christian-Muslim families dealing with religious pluralism in everyday family life: Religious reconstruction in religiously mixed marriages

Francesco Cerchiaro is a post-doc fellow at the University of Padova (Italy) (FISPPA Department), where he obtained his PhD in Social Sciences in 2013. The PhD thesis, focused on mixed families, intersects sociology of family, culture and religion. His research interests include cultural change and multiculturalism in Europe. His approach is characterized by the use of qualitative methods, in particular of “life stories” and ethnographic observation. He was also involved in researches on the second generations of immigrants in Italy and their quest for citizenship’s recognition.

Some of his contributions were published in Italian and International journals as Quaderni di sociologia and Social Compass. Recently he devised a monograph entitled “Amori e confini. Le coppie miste tra islam, educazione dei figli e vita quotidiana”. [Love and borders. Mixed couples amongst Islam, children’s education and everyday life”] (Guida Ed. 2016).

With his “ReMix” project he will be a Marie Curie fellow at the Katholieke Universiteit (Leuven - Belgium). The research will investigate the daily life of Christian-Muslim families in the Flemish region. The study on this type of marriages will be a key to examine the wider social changes related to family, Islam and religious pluralism in Europe.

  Elisa Di Rosa – MOTIVAGEING Motivation-cognition interaction in ageing and Parkinson’s disease

Elisa completed her MA in Neuroscience and Neuropsychological Rehabilitation in 2010 at the University of Padova. In 2014 she obtained her PhD in Psychological Sciences, and then worked as Postdoc at the University of Padova (Department of General Psychology and Department of Neuroscience). She has been visiting PhD student at the Institute of Neuroscience - Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), and visiting post-doc at the Department of Experimental Psychology- Gent University (Belgium) and at the Department of Psychology- Ryerson University (Toronto-Canada).

Her research activity mainly concerns the study of executive functions, with a special focus on healthy ageing and Parkinson's disease, and though using different approaches (behavioural and electrophysiological methods, non-invasive brain stimulation).

In 2017 she has been awarded a Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship. The broad aim of this project (MOTIVAGEING) is to study the interaction between motivation and cognitive functions, in both healthy ageing and Parkinson's disease. Thanks to this fellowship she will work at Washington University (St.Louis - Missouri) with Prof. Todd Braver, at the Department of General Psychology of University of Padova, with Prof. Daniela Mapelli, and at Keele University (United Kingdom) with Prof. Nicky Edelstyn. 

  Giulia Tessari - STEADY: SaTEllyte synthetic Aperture radar interferometry to model Dam stabilitY

Giulia completed her MA in Environmental Engineering at the University of Padova and in 2015 she obtained her PhD in Earth Sciences from the Department of Geosciences of the University of Padova. Her research interests concern the use of Remote Sensing Techniques, and particularly space-borne SAR Interferometry, to monitor geological hazards and instability phenomena such as landslides, subsidence, sinkholes and even man-made structures such as buildings and infrastructures affected by possible damages. Furthermore, she is interested on modelling the sources that cause these hazardous events to understand the triggering factors. Her project, STEADY, will lead to apply these techniques focusing on dam stability, in order to define a specific tool of analysis, supported and supervised by Dr. Paolo Pasquali, the president and technical director of Sarmap SA. This Swiss company builds and provides an innovative remote sensing software dedicated to the generation of digital information for a better management and risk assessment of Earth's resources.

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