Academic Staff

Professor Ilaria Gorini, Director

Ilaria Gorini held a Master’s degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Insubria and achieved a PhD in Public Health and Educational Sciences at the University of Pavia. She is a confirmed researcher of History of Medicine at the University of Insubria and teaches this subject in various degree courses. She also holds the teaching of Archeobiology in the degree course of Biotechnology and the elective teaching activity of Paleopathology and study of ancient human remains in the School of Medicine. She is a member of the doctoral board of Clinical and Experimental Medicine and Medical Humanities. She has specific interests in the history of natural sciences, also applied to investigations on biological remains.

Doctor Marta Licata, Research coordinator

Dr.ssa Marta Licata

Marta Licata is the Coordinator of the Centre of Research in Osteoarchaeology and Paleopathology of the University of Insubria (Varese-Italy). She obtained the Archaeology degree at the University of Turin and the PhD in Medicine and Human Sciences (in the Physical Anthropology and Paleopathology section) at the University of Insubria. In the same University, she teaches Physical Anthropology, Archaeobiology and History of Medicine. She works in archaeological excavations and in anthropological investigations on human remains. She has published several research articles in peer-review national and international journals.

As a bioarchaeologist, Dr. Licata’s research focuses on the archaeological excavations and on the physical anthropological investigations of ancient human remains. Her academic interests are: Physical Anthropology, Archaeology, Forensic Archaeology and Paleopathology.

Omar Larentis, PhD Student

Omar Larentis acquired a BD (110L/110) in Archaeology (Cultural Heritage) at the University of Trento with a thesis focused on the funerary practices reserved for children during the Middle age starting from the bioarchaeological analysis of a funerary context reserved for the burial of infants. Then he achieved the Master’s Degree (110L/110) in Archaeology (Science for Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage) at the Trento University, supporting a thesis on Funerary Archaeology that deal with both the examination of different funerary practises, their function and meaning and the bioarchaeological analysis of a human sample representing the transition between the Gothic and the Carolingian conquest of Italy during the Early Middle Ages. Now he is a PhD student at the Insubria University with a project on the analysis of the funeral practice and of the anthropological sample of the Italian Iron Age Golasecca Culture. He is also involved as anthropologist in the international Adulis project, Eritrea.

Chiara Tesi, PhD Student

Chiara Tesi achieved a Bachelor’s Degree in Sciences of Cultural Heritage with a Medieval Archaeological curriculum at the University of Pisa, supporting a thesis on Funerary Archaeology that dealt with the translation and study of a medieval treatise on the regulation of post-Tridentine burial rules. Following the interest in physical anthropology born during the university studies, she subsequently obtained a postgraduate qualification in Bioarchaeology, Paleopathology and Forensic Anthropology at the University of Bologna. Then she acquired a Master’s Degree in Archaeology at the University of Pisa with a dissertation in Bioarchaeology and Paleopathology concerning the analysis of cremated remains from a Bronze Age/early-Iron Age Tuscan necropolis. Recently, she got a scholarship for the PhD in Clinical and Experimental Medicine and Medical Humanities at the University of Insubria with a project on the study of the human remains from the archaeological medieval site of San Biagio in Cittiglio. She actively collaborates with the Centre in the anthropological and paleopathological study of the human remains retrieved from territorial archaeological sites.

Doctor Roberta Fusco, PhD, scholarship holder

Roberta Fusco, after a Bachelor’s Degree in Archeology and a Master’s Degree in Cultural Anthropology, has obtained a postgraduate qualification in Bioarchaeology, Paleopathology and Forensic Anthropology at the University of Bologna. Subsequently, she attended the two-years training course of the School of Palaeography and Diplomatics at the Milan State Archive and obtained a PhD in Intercultural Humanistic Studies at the University of Bergamo, with an anthropological-historical research on the diffusion of the practice of the double burial in northern Italy during the Modern era. She actively collaborates with the Centre in the anthropological and paleopathological study of human remains recovered from archaeological sites of the territory. Currently, she is the winner of a scholarship for cataloging and studying the material culture of the Archaeological Museum of Villa Mirabello in Varese.

Doctor Paola Badino, PhD, scholarship holder

Dr.ssa Paola Badino

Paola Badino graduated in Modern Letters with a historical-artistic orientation at the University of Genoa. In the post-graduate course she improved her training by dedicating to restoration activities and working as a cultural operator at the museum of Palazzo Ducale in Genoa. In 2018 she achieved the PhD in Clinical and Experimental Medicine and Medical Humanities at the University of Insubria, with a research project on the issues of restoration and investigation of osteoarchaeological findings. In 2019 she obtained a postdoctoral fellowship entitled: “Archaeogenomics in Lombardy: a territorial heritage to be enhanced. From the excavation of the finds to the study of DNA” as part of a collaboration with the Department of Biology and Biotechnology “L. Spallanzani”, University of Pavia. She collaborates in the editorial activity for the journal Medicina Historica.

Adelaide Tosi, PhD Student

Adelaide Tosi is a biologist who achieved a Master’s Degree in Biology Applied to Biomedical Research, she also holds a postgraduate degree in Forensic Sciences. She is enrolled in her last year of the PhD Program in “Clinical and Experimental Medicine and Medical Humanities” at the University of Insubria, focusing on the identification of methods for age estimation and sex determination in subadult individuals, based on radiographic approaches. Adelaide is also working for a Novartis company as a Theragnostic Product Manager in Oncology.

Doctor Barbara Pezzoni, PhD

Barbara Pezzoni graduated in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Insubria. Following her interests cultivated for the dissertation, she continued her studies of History of Medicine, with specific competence in ergobiographies. She obtained a scholarship for the PhD in Clinical and Experimental Medicine and Medical Humanities at the University of Insubria. She collaborates with the Centre, focusing in particular on the History of Medicine and on the historical study of past diseases and medical treatments.

Doctor Chiara Rossetti, Specialist in Legal Medicine

Chiara Rossetti graduated in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Insubria. She won the entrance exam to the Specialisation School in Legal Medicine at the University of Brescia, where she is majoring. She collaborates with the Centre in the study of osteoarchaeological findings, in particular in the application of identification methods of physical and forensic anthropology to the human remains retrieved on the archaeological sites.