Francesca Genova

Francesca Genova

Location: DIBIT2 A1, Floor 3, Room 21

Computational biologist, Bioinformatics

Francesca Genova has a PhD in Veterinary and Animal Sciences and an MSc in Veterinary Biotechnological Sciences. Since her first research activities during the BSc internship at the University of Milan, she became passionate about genetics. Her PhD was entirely focused on genomics in cats. She applied a multiomics approach to study the genetic causes of feline amyloidosis, a rare genetic disease also well known in humans and for which the cat represents an elective model.  During her PhD, she spent several months at the Feline Genetics Laboratory of the University of Missouri (USA), gaining expertise in Whole Genome Sequencing, Variant Calling, Genotyping and Genome Wide Association Studies. She also carried out the very first Copy Number Variant detection in Felis catus for breeds and disease characterization.

For her Post-doc fellowship, she decided to move to the human field, and she worked as a bioinformatician at the Department of Pharmacological and Biomolecular Sciences of the University of Milan. Here, she broadened her knowledge and acquired new skills in transcriptomics and CRISPR-Cas9 screenings in the context of cancer and metabolism research.

Now, she is a computational biologist at the Center for Omics Sciences, IRCCS Ospedale San Raffaele - Milano (Italy), where she deals with genomics and transcriptomics data.