Gianluca received his bachelor's degree from ETH Zurich in 2011. Before starting his master's degree he spent one year working in the State Key Lab of Ceramic and Fine Processing at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. He finished his master's degree in materials science at ETH Zurich in 2014. During his master's studies he received a Santander scholarship for the IARU summer school on "nanoscience" at the University of Tokyo. He wrote his master's thesis in the Experimental Soft Condensed Matter Group of Dave Weitz at Harvard University before starting his PhD at EPFL.