How can I help you?

Biotech & Start Up

Are you looking to transfer your technology into the field of vaccines and/or infectious diseases? Are you developing new immunodiagnostics or designing a program focused on biomarker discovery in the inflammatory diseases or immunology fields? Are you looking for trans-Atlantic partnerships? Click here to contact me directly.


Pharmaceutical Company

Are you looking to increase your market opportunities in emerging markets in the field of infectious diseases? Do you need expert advice on how to engage local collaborators in resource-limited settings? Would you like to provide health system strengthening locally to increase the market of your product? Click here to contact me directly



Do you need expert advice in immunology and global health? Do you have scientific proposals to evaluate in order to award the best team?  Do you need help in refining your strategic directions in the field of immunology and global health? Click here to contact me directly


Research & Public Health Institute

Do you need help to write a grant in one of my field of expertise? Are you looking for additional scientific consulting in the fields of: biomarkers discovery, animal models of infectious diseases, development of assays to measure correlates of protection, development and implementation of cohort studies? Are you looking at developing your research abroad? Click here to contact me directly

Global Health Organization

Do you need help in refining your strategic plan in the field of immunology and global health? Do you need to develop local field laboratory capacities? Are you looking for a skilled mentor and trainer for your field teams? Click here to contact me directly



Designed for non-specialists, this course provides an overview of how the immune system works, and how this understanding can be used to combat disease. Read More >>


Infectious Diseases

This course examines basic concepts in infectious diseases.  Students learn about principle classes of infectious microorganisms, the diseases they cause, and the therapies that are available to treat them. Read more

Vaccine Development

Designed for non-specialists, this course provides an overview of the science behind the medically effective practice of vaccination. Students will learn about different classes of vaccines and the mechanisms by which vaccines work to combat infectious diseases. Read more

Adverse Childhood Experiences & Toxic Stress

Designed for health care professionals and educators, this course provides state-of-the art evidence-based knowledge about adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and their impact on health. Students will learn about the effects of child abuse and neglect and other ACEs on body and mind or in more details about the biology of toxic stress and its effect on inflammation. This knowledge will help educators and healthcare professionals identify children with ACEs and will help researchers integrate ACEs and their effect in future research projects. Read more

Program Planning

Designed for program managers and program officers, this course provides an overview of the program planning process of a public health operation in the field. Students will learn about different steps of program planning. This knowledge will help facilitation the production and implementation of a high quality program as well as help create viable financial proposals. Read more

One-to-one Mentoring

Are you a student contemplating a career in science or medicine? Or a post-doctoral fellow in academia thinking about your next move? My extensive network and mentoring experience will help you choose your next career step.

 Did you recently moved into a leadership position and want to improve your team management skills? My executive coaching style focuses on inclusive leadership to help you foster creativity and build capacities among your team. Read More >>

About Simona

Profile-picture-bwHaving worked and lived in four continents and 30+ countries, I bring a unique international experience and can easily adjust to different cultures and work styles. My experience will benefit those of your projects that need to be culturally adapted.

My broad work perspective allowed me to develop skills to foster respectful collaborations with communities and governmental organizations. My expertise and academic background gave me the foundations for a rich medical knowledge and scientific rigor to cultivate peer relationships with both clinicians and bench scientists. Whether in discussion with community members, government officials or healthcare and science professionals, I will be able to adapt my communication style to best represent your organization.


Principles that guide my work:

1. Develop respectful collaborations

2. Train and empower local teams

3. Apply science-based innovative solutions

4. Keep in mind the broader impact of the work

5. Be accountable

Public Speaking

Whether you need a speaker, moderator or panelist I will lead the discussion among a variety of groups, from small group discussions to presentations aimed at large audiences. My presentations and talks are based on a problem-based learning style, which helps the audience better understand the conclusions and will ultimately influence participants’ actions. Read more >>

Art & Science

Art and science are more alike than we think. Intense observation as developed by visual arts can greatly improve scientists’ observational skills. Conversely, science can bring new technologies to artists. The cross-fertilization of these two practices can lead to amazing pieces such the ones from Leonardo da Vinci. I support the integration of art in the STEM curriculum. In particular, I co-founded and mentored a class at UC Berkeley lead by group of senior undergraduates, mixing art and science. I also like to use different media to bring science closer to the general public. Read more >>