Giovanna Casagrande, Member at Large, graduated with a Master degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Padua (Italy) after completing an exchange-program at Imperial College, London. She obtained a Ph.D. in Bioengineering, developing her studies at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston). Besides focusing on science, she followed one of her other interests by pursuing a B.A. in Journalism and Public Opinion. She worked in Cancer Research at the University of Padua and then at the National Cancer Institute at NIH. She enjoys travelling, photography, art and culture, skiing and swimming and serves as Science and Research Director and Vice-president for Italians in DC, Inc. Besides her native language, Italian, she speaks English and basic Spanish.