Francesca Galluzzi (USTL)
Some years ago, a strong interest in understanding the materiality of artworks prompted me to choose the career of Art Conservation Science, as witnessed by my academic choices. I deeply value the ability of scientific studies to help in understanding and safeguarding our heritage, and I want to be actively involved in it as a researcher.
Throughout both my BSc and MSc degree, I had the opportunity to study and practice several analytical techniques (both invasive and non-invasive). Among them, I have experienced high-performance separation techniques as GC, HPLC, and Pyrolysis GC coupled with Mass Spectrometry for detection, identification, and quantification purposes.
Thanks to this PhD project, I am currently diving into the fascinating worlds of proteomics and high resolution mass spectrometry. In the coming years, I will deepen my knowledge in both bottom up and top down proteomics approaches, learning also how to adapt these investigations to a very small amount of protein-based art sample and how to extract novel structural information related to proteins and their networks inside the paintings. The study will cover all the analytical steps, from the sample preparation to the analysis, and the interpretation of the results using bioinformatics tools. What I consider important qualities for a PhD fellow are a strong work ethic, a resilience in planning and implementation the required work, and a capacity to work both in teams and independently.
2014-2017 Master’s Degree in Science for the conservation-restoration of cultural heritage, “Alma Mater Studiorum” University of Bologna, Italy
Thesis topic: Multi analytical characterization of contemporary glass made at the “Kokomo Opalescent Glass factory” in Indiana (USA)
Aug.2016 - Jan.2017 master-thesis-internship at Northwestern University/Art Institute of Chicago Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts (NU-ACCESS), Chicago, Illinois (USA)
2011 – 2014 Bachelor’s Degree in Conservation and Restoration Technologies “Ca’ Foscari” University of Venice, Italy
Thesis topic: Spectrophotocolorimetric analysis on pigments of Roman frescoes from Nora (Sardinia)
2013 Erasmus experience, University of Tarragona “Rovira I Virgili”, Catalunya, (Spain)
At: Université Lille 1
Supervisor: Caroline Tokarski