Born and raised in Italy, I received my undergraduate degree (Laurea cum laude) in Foreign Languages and Literatures at Verona University. After graduation, I received a Fulbright research grant to study computer-assisted interaction in L2 at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA. There, I obtained a MA degree in English as a Second Language and a PhD in Educational Psychology. Throughout, I taught a variety of academic writing and composition courses to students of different levels and backgrounds, at UH and other higher education institutions. In 2009 I moved to Sweden; from 2010 to 2015 I worked as a tenure-track researcher/lecturer at the Department of English (biträdande universitetslektor) at Stockholm University, where I taught several courses on academic research writing and applied linguistics at the BA, MA, doctoral, and professional level. I am now a tenured docent (associate professor) at Chalmers University of Technology, Division for Language and Communication, Department of Communication and Learning in Science, in Gothenburg. The focus of my work is on academic writing and genre pedagogy, learning and development of writing expertise, and self-regulation/metacognition. I am interested in how students become expert writers in their disciplines and how writing stimulates cognitive development, critical thinking, and creativity. My work has been published in journals such as Written Communication, Journal of Second Language Writing, English for Specific Purposes Journal (ESPJ), and Applied Linguistics, among others. I participate in international research projects, and in 2016 I have received, as co-author with Prof. Kuteeva, the Horowitz Prize for best article published in 2015 in ESPJ. My professional associations include EARLI (SIG writing and SIG metacognition), AAAL, EATAW and AERA.