Ester is a 2022 Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Awardee. Her postdoctoral research at CBNI focuses on the multidisciplinary study of advanced nanoparticle-cell interactions.
Ester graduated in Italy from the University of Genoa with a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry and Chemical Technologies in 2014 and a Master's degree in Chemical Sciences in 2016. During her undergraduate studies she dealt with the investigation of physicochemical aspects related to nanoparticle synthesis and characterisation. In 2017, she started her PhD in Chemical Sciences and Technologies at the University of Genoa. She was awarded her doctoral title in 2021 with a biophysical thesis focused on the study of nanoparticle interactions with model cell membranes. During her PhD, Ester was affiliated with the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Genoa and undertook a research internship at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL, Switzerland). After a first postdoc at the Department of Physics of the University of Genoa, she joined CBNI in September 2022.