PhD student

I'm generally interested in the evolution of sociality and network organization in ants. My PhD project focuses on the properties of empirical social networks that may limit disease spread. I received my MSc from both Groningen University and Montpellier University as part of the joint master programme MEME in Evolutionary Biology. I worked with ants for both my bachelor and master thesis in the laboratory of Prof. Juergen Heinze at Regensburg University (DE). My first project was on reproductive division of labor in clonal ants, while more recently I worked on gene expression in diphenic males.


2017 - 2020

University of Lausanne, Switzerland

PhD student

2014 - 2016

Erasmus Mundus Master in Evolutionary Biology (MEME), University of Groningen (NL) and University of Montpellier (FR)

MSc thesis 1: ‘Male reproductive diphenism and testes degeneration in Cardiocondyla obscurior’, University of Regensburg (DE), supervised by A. Schrempf and J. Heinze

MSc thesis 2: ‘Investigating the population structure of microsnails with a genetic approach’, University of Groningen (NL), supervised by K. Hendriks and R. Etienne

2010 - 2013

University of Genova, Italy

Bachelor Degree in Natural Sciences​


BSc thesis: ‘Proximate determinants of reproductive division of labor in a clonal ant Platythyrea punctata’, supervised by L. Galli, A. Bernadou, and J. Heinze

2020​ - 

ETH Zürich, Switzerland

PhD student