Graduate with Honors, Rome. Doctor of Philosophy, Rome, 1980.
Senior scientist European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg, Germany, 1987—1991. Science assistant University Udine, Italy, 1992—1994, researcher, 1994—2009, aggregate professor medical genetics, since 2009. Executive director neurogenetics Hospital Udine, since 1999.
Member of Italian Society Medical Genetics, European Society Human Genetics.
Married Hamed Ben Noureddine Amara. Children: Emanuelle Iori Grilli, Mariam Amara.