RepFail: Understanding Replication Failure in Animal Research – Lack of Scientific Rigor, Low Statistical Power, or Standardization? RepFail
I studied and obtained my Bachelor's degree in biology at the University of Torino, Italy, with a focus on ecology and environment. For my Bachelor thesis I assisted Prof. Dr. Cristina Lorenzi in the study of phenotypic plasticity in relation to social environment, in a hermaphrodite polychaete.
I then moved to Switzerland, to the University of Bern, for my Master's degree in Ecology and Evolution with specialization in Behaviour, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Michael Taborsky. During my Master, I studied the so far under-investigated female perspective in a species with male alternative reproductive tactics, Lamprologus callipterus.
In 2018 I started my PhD at the Animal Welfare Division at the University of Bern, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Hanno Würbel. I am part of a group which is aiming to tackle the issue of poor reproducibility in science, focusing on pre-clinical studies. We will both use pre-existing data with which we will perform meta-analyses and to formulate theoretical models, as well as new data, which we will obtain through novel experiments.