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After a master degree in Biology at the University of Milan – Bicocca, Erica did her PhD at the University of Milan on the bacterial communities associated with insect pests.

She then spent one more year in the same research group, participating to a European research project on uncultivable marine bacteria.

In 2016 she moved to London to be part of William Wade’s research group. Here she dedicated two years to the analysis of human-associated microbiomes by means of 16S next generation sequencing at Queen Mary University of London.

From March 2018 she is at King’s College London, studying not-yet-cultivated bacteria from the human mouth, as a part of the Human Oral Microbiome Database effort.