Livia Salvati Manni’s research interests focus on the self-assembly of amphiphilic molecules in extreme environments. She obtained her PhD from University of Zurich in 2017 working on the synthesis and phase behavior of cyclopropanated lipids, and from their use for biomedical applications. Between 2017 and 2019 she was a postdoctoral researcher at ETH Zurich where she studied water confinement in soft materials at sub-zero temperature. In 2019 she obtained a postdoctoral fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation to move to the University of Sydney where she worked as postdoctoral researcher for 4 years. In Sydney, she employed neutron and x-ray scattering to study lipidic self-assembly in ionic liquids, and the interaction between solvents, lipids and membrane proteins. Since 2021 she has been an honorary lecturer at the University of Newcastle. After a short postdoc in the ARC Training Centre for Green Chemistry in Manufacturing at Monash University she recently joined the Australian Synchrotron as beamline scientist on the SAXS/WAXS beamline.