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Francesca obtained a BSc in Biological Sciences (1992) and PhD in Medical Genetics (1999) from “La Sapienza” University of Rome, Italy. Her interest in the genetics of psoriasis brought her to the UK. She first moved to the University of Leicester as a Wellcome Trust Traveling Research Fellow (2001), then took on a Lectureship in Human Molecular Genetics at University College London (2004). She joined King’s College London in 2006 as a Lecturer, was promoted to Senior Lecturer (2014), Reader (2018) and Professor (2022).