Francesca completed her Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. She studied the development of the early zebrafish embryo and gained excellent laboratory training in a cutting-edge research environment.
However, failure was equally important to her career. Intrinsically, innovation is marked by failure: experiments don’t work, or hypotheses are wrong, because we are searching for the new and unknown. Francesca found inspiration at the microscope where she watched everyday miracles: the first cell dividing after fertilization, chromosomes segregating during mitosis, platelets flowing to the heartbeat.
She came to the powerful realization that the natural world doesn’t care who a person is or where a person comes from; as long as they are curious and resourceful, they can discover the wonders of nature. Combined with her lifelong passion for Art and her undergraduate Art History training from the University of Virginia, this realization guides her vision of a more inclusive and innovative world by embracing the creativity in science.