Maria studied Physics at the University of Rome La Sapienza (Italy). She got her Master Thesis in 2009 with a thesis entitled "Water at hydrophobic solute interface: vibrational properties by ab-initio molecular dynamics" supervised by Prof. Guidoni. In 2014, she got her PhD with a thesis entitled "Ab initio modelling of the structural and the catalytic properties of hydrocarbons of industrial interest" at the Department of Information Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics, University of LĠAquila, (Italy). Later she worked in two different departments at the University of Rome La Sapienza (Pharmacy and Chemistry) focusing on classical and ab-initio molecular dynamics simulations and theoretical chemistry calculations.
She joined Prof. Sommer group at Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden in September 2016 becoming involved in the project: "Computer simulations of azobenzene-based photosensibilisers of polymers". From October 2017 she joined the group of Prof. Cuniberti at TU Dresden. She plans to study the mechanisms involved in the process of biological silica mineralization using atomistic molecular dynamics.