Martina received her master degree in Biology applied to Biomedicine at University of Pisa in April 2015. In October 2015 she was enrolled in the doctorate course in Neuroscience at the Tuscany Graduate School, Universities of Firenze-Pisa-Siena. She carried out her PhD project in the laboratory of Dr. Enrica Strettoi at the Neuroscience Institute of the CNR in Pisa where she worked on the role of inflammation in the pathogenesis of Retinitis Pigmentosa, an inherited retinal disease that leads to photoreceptor degeneration then blindness.
After receiving her PhD in Neuroscience in March 2019, Martina performed a research internship in the laboratory of Prof. Sandra Siegert at the Institute of Science and Technology (IST) Austria, working on mitochondrial dynamics in retinal microglia activation. In 2020 she joined, as postdoctoral fellow, the laboratory of Cell Biology of the Synapse led by Dr. Matteo Fossati. Her studies focus on the molecular basis of synaptic dysfunction in neurodevelopmental disorders. In particular, her work aims at investigating synaptic alterations associated with the pathogenesis of the Angelman syndrome, a rare neurodevelopmental disease of genetic origin.