Riccardo is a PhD student in the Department of Effect-Directed Analysis since June 2013. He is working on the chemical and biological characterization of European River basins by sediment samples. Personal research focus is the application of the DarT (Danio rerio test) in ecotoxicology and effect-directed analysis using novel molecular and behavior tools. He is especially interested in the detection and identification of neurotoxicity and neuroactive compounds.
Riccardo obtained a bachelor degree in Biology at the University of Perugia (Italy) in 2010. Between 2012 and 2013, he spent 9 months in the Department of Bioanalytical Ecotoxicology (UFZ Leipzig) working as student assistant. In the same year, he received his master degree in Molecular Biology with a thesis on “Different sensitivity for Azinphos methyl in embryonic stages of the zebrafish (Danio rerio): the role of toxicokinetic and stage-specific susceptibility”.
In 2016, he was awarded by the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) as “Best Young Scientist 2016” for a poster on “Detection of acetylcholinesterase inhibitors in water samples from Novi Sad (Serbia) using effect-directed analysis and Danio rerio embryos”.