... now in her thirties, comes from the Abruzzo region. She boasts a literary background from her high-school studies at the Liceo Classico in Lanciano. She later graduated in Physics at the University of Bologna. After her PhD, she moved to CERN under a scholarship and entered the ALICE project. As part of the Bologna group led by Professor Antonino Zichichi, she is currently involved in commissioning the exceptionally complex detectors that will "snap pictures" of about 50,000 lead-lead collisions per second using 160,000 electronic channels.