Lucia a is the Senior European Product Specialist for Charles River Microbial Solutions. She is currently serving as Vice President of the PDA Italy Chapter, a member since 2005, and is an active participant of the Steering Committee since 2009. Dr. Ceresa has more than 25 years of industry experience and a proven track record within pharmaceutical operations, including pharmaceutical aseptic production and all aspects of validation and quality control, with focus on GMPs and alternative microbiological methods. She has extensive international experience within pharmaceutical operations, microbiology, rapid methods, aseptic processing and methodologies, validation, and QC. After 10 years as a Permanent Qualified Teacher for chemistry and microbiology, she started her career initially within the life sciences industry at Millipore Corporation, followed by Gelman Sciences Corporation, Pall Corporation, and Particle Measuring Systems. She graduated from the University of Milan in 1981 and specialized in microbiology.