- April 2013: I achieved the title of Ph.D., defending the dissertation “The impact of swine welfare on some qualitative traits of meat and long cured animal derived products”. 3-year postgraduate doctoral course in “Food science, animal nutrition and food security” (ISCED 6) - Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna (Italy) – DIMEVET. Advisors: Prof. Luca Sardi, Dr. Luigi Faucitano.
- From March to December 2011: period abroad of the Ph.D. This period was spent In Canada, where I took part in two research projects, collaborating both with the Dairy and Swine Research and development Centre (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada – Sherbrooke, QC) and with the Department of Animal and Poultry Science of the University of Guelph (ON). Advisor: Dr. Luigi Faucitano.
- From July to December 2009: Voluntary Graduate Assistant at the Department. of Veterinary Morphophysiology and Animal Production (DIMORFIPA) - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Bologna (Italy)
- November 2008: I graduated in Veterinary Medicine (Single cycle degree/Combined Bachelor and Master - ISCED 5) “summa cum laude” (110/110 e lode) at the University of Bologna discussing the thesis “Water requirements of italian heavy pigs: effects of water restriction on production and behavioural traits”. Advisor: Prof. Luca Sardi.