I am an intellectual historian, with a specialisation in the pre-modern history of science, technology and medicine.
My work focuses predominantly on medieval and early modern conceptual history, the history and practices of quantification and the reconstruction of scientific instruments. My interests extend more broadly to the role that classical and medieval philosophy played in the development of early modern ideas on logic, method, theory of matter, taxonomy, anatomy and physiology.
I studied at the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’, where I achieved a BA in Theoretical Philosophy (2005), an MA in Philosophy of Science (2008) and a PhD in History of Philosophy and History of Ideas (2012), with a thesis on the influence of Galen’s medicine and psychology on the late-Renaissance philosophy (Ottimo/Summa cum Laude).
I held positions as Postdoctoral and Research Fellow at The Warburg Institute of London, the University of Exeter, the Folger Institute in Washington DC, the Edward Worth Library in Dublin, and the Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg. In 2018-19 I was awarded two Visiting Professor Fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Research in the Humanities (IRH-ICUB) in Bucharest and at the University of Padua, researching medieval forms of quantification and early modern corpuscularianism. Most recently, I received a Vicent Peset Llorca Residential Fellowship at the López Piñero Interuniversity Institute, University of Valencia.
As well as holding an honorary fellowship at the University of Exeter, I am currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Institut für Geschichte der Medizin, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg working as Principal Investigator (Eigene Stelle) on the Project “Measuring the World by Degrees. Intensity in Early Modern Medicine and Natural Philosophy (1400-1650)” funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG – Project no: 461231785).
In 2018 I founded the ‘Centre for the Study of Medicine and the Body in the Renaissance’ (CSMBR, http://csmbr.fondazionecomel.org/
), an institute of advanced research in medical humanities and history of science. The CSMBR operates on a global scale and is affiliated with four international partners: the University of Exeter (UK), Yale University (US), the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (Germany), and the Studio Firmano for the History of Medicine and Science (Italy).
Along with Jonathan Barry, I am the co-editor of the series ‘Palgrave Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Medicine’ (PSMEMM: https://link.springer.com/series/16206
), published by Springer Nature, which also runs in association with the CSMBR research activities and grants.
As a junior instructor in Rome (2006-2012), I convened modules on ancient, medieval, and modern philosophy and culture, teaching to undergraduates, postgraduates and adult learners alike. Most recently, as an Adjunct Professor (Exeter, Bucharest, Wurzburg: 2018-2020), I have been teaching modules on Early Modern Italian Culture and Society, as well as on Aristotle and the Aristotelian Tradition, on Galen and early modern medicine, and on German Idealism (2019-2020). Currently (2018 to present), I lecture on Historical Foundations of Medical Theory and Practice (“Historisches Grundlagen ärztlichen Denkens und Handelns”) at the Insitute for the History of Medicine at the University of Würzburg.
Other than in the history and philosophy of science, I pursued a carrier as a musician and musicologist. I hold a degree in choral direction and my expertise encompasses areas such as composition, musicology, musical direction and palaeography.
In my capacity as a musical director and musicologist, in 2014 I issued the world prémiere CD on the unpublished manuscripts by Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652) discovered at Palazzo Altemps in Rome: “Gregorio Allegri, Unpublished Works from the ‘Collectio Altaemps’ “, Musica Flexanima Ensemble, TACTUS Records Italy.