Alessandra is a bioarchaeologist particularly interested in food and disease. Her research integrates paleopathological data with stable isotope analysis to identify periods of dietary-related physiological stress in Medieval and Early Modern Estonian populations. Her research questions include disparities in health and diet between different age and gender groups, differences between urban and rural communities according to the social status, and the effects of famines and epidemics on past populations. At the moment, she is diving deep into the bioarchaelogical study of perinates and neonates.
Alessandra holds a MA in Bioarchaeology, Paleopathology and Forensic Anthropology from the University of Bologna (Italy), and a MSc in Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology from Cranfield University (UK).