Cicerone studied Optics, Spectroscopy and Physics of Polymers at the University in Lasi, Romania. After this master degree he came to Leuven where he received his doctoral degree in biochemistry and biomolecular dynamics. After this doctoral degree he went to the university of Twente in the Netherlands, where he was managing several scientific projects in cooperation with different international science groups, writing publications in peer-reviewed journals, supervise several technical staff and students. After this fellowship he was the manager of the Imaging facility at the Max Planck Institute in Freiburg, Germany. Here he was providing training and technical assistance to MPI investigators with different fluorescence microscopy techniques; assistance with educational microscopy courses and training programs; manage informatics infrastructure for booking, billing, image database, and transfer of information; participate in the strategic planning and development of the imaging core facility. After his stay in the Netherlands and Germany, he came back to Belgium where he was a postdoc for 2 years at the Laboratory of Glia Biology-VIB.