Bianca is a PhD student and a Graduate Research Assistant for the Research Lab on Feeding, Eating and Related Disorders (SEED Lab - Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva), headed by Pr. Nadia Micali.
During her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychological Sciences of Personality and Interpersonal Relationships at the University of Padua, she completed a clinical internship at the Eating and Weight Disorders Centre in Portogruaro (Italy) and she spent a semester at the University of Liverpool as a thesis student. Given her strong interest for the study of Mental Illness, framed into an integrative approach that combines Neuroscience with Clinical Psychology, she completed a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Padua. Additionally, during her Master’s she spent a year at Donders Centre For Cognitive Neuroimaging (DCCN – Nijmegen, The Netherlands) as a Research Intern for the Food and Cognition Research Group headed by Pr. Esther Aarts. She graduated with honors with an experimental thesis on the role of nutrition-related biomarkers in predicting motivational and cognitive control in children.
Her research interests involve the study of Eating Disorders through the lenses of Neuroscience and with the implementation of modern Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) methods such as diffusion-tensor imaging (DTI), Spectroscopy (MRS) and MR-based body composition analysis.
She also completed her postgraduate internship as a Clinical Psychologist.