Researcher at the Institute of Biomembranes, Bioenergetics and Molecular Biotechnologies of the Italian National Research Council (IBIOM-CNR). In 2004, he graduated as Agriculture Engineer from the Lebanese University of Beirut. He obtained two master’s degrees, the first in Integrated Pest Management of Mediterranean Fruit Tree Crops and the second in Bioinformatics and Molecular Biodiversity. In 2012, he accomplished his Ph.D degree in Genetics and Molecular Evolution from the University of Bari. His research activities are mainly focused on molecular biodiversity studies including the development of bioinformatic workflows for DNA barcoding and Metabarcoding, molecular phytopatholgy, phylogeny inference and genomics. He is specialized in data handling and in-silico experimental setup up for Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) analyses framework. He conducted several studies in environmental and ecosystem functioning related to metazoans, viruses, phytoplasma and fungi. His activities have led him to actively contribute in several national and international research and infrastructure projects of scientific relevance to biodiversity, human nutrition and food supply chain.