As a part of my Ph.D at the University in Catania, I spent a total of 16 (12+4) months at the University of Kansas (KU), under the supervision of Prof. Susan M. Lunte, where I had the opportunity to work on the development and use of microchip electrophoresis to identify nitric oxide, peroxynitrite, and related species, produced by macrophages and lymphocytes. I have also worked on isolation and maintenance of Bovine Brain Microvessel Endothelial primary Cultures (BBMECs), an in vitro cell culture model of the blood brain barrier (BBB). We used these cells for metabolism and permeability studies.
At the University of Kansas I have expanded my scientific knowledge, especially in analytical chemistry. I found this area to be interesting and challenging and felt this field of research integrated my primary interests in systemic and neurodegenerative diseases.
The period spent in the United States, during which I took part in different scientific conferences, has been successful from many points of view. This experience gave me the chance to establish an excellent working relationship with researchers of many different scientific backgrounds. I had the opportunity to interact with a different culture and appreciate the team-work. I have also been able to improve my skills in both written and spoken English.