“Working hard for something you love it is passion!” In February 2016 I completed my PhD at the University of Leuven. In my research I was involved in the development of a biotechnology for the analysis of biological molecules as DNA and bio-markers at single-molecule level. In my lab I developed new bio-sensors, addressing many challenges because of the high innovation of this research area. This has further trained my creativity and critical mind, and developed my troubleshooting skills. The excellent level of my research work is proven from important publications in scientific peer-reviewed journals.
I joined the Saint Benedict Institute (LT, Italy) for chemical and biological sciences at the early age of 13, since then the passion for my study and research is leading my life. After I attended all the courses at the Department of Pharmacy (Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technology) at the University of Rome La Sapienza, I joined the Chemistry Research Laboratory at the University of Oxford for my master’s dissertation. This extraordinary research experience definitively suited my pragmatic and experimental attitude and initiated my interest for biotechnologies.
I am an enthusiastic scientist, I like to challenge myself with exciting new goals and I have a professional and punctual attitude in pursuing my work. I am thrilled by the opportunity to obtain new competences, broaden my expertise and skills and meet new brilliant people who can inspire my work and life. My colleagues see me as a determined and goal-oriented researcher, though they enjoy my sense of humor and social character. Indeed, I believe a pleasant working environment is fundamental to achieve success.
At present I am keen on starting a new exciting research and I am particularly interested in opportunities in the life science industry. You can reach me either via email at email@example.com or by phone at +32 494 452631.
PhD student IWT fellow Leuven, Belgium
December 2010 --- February 2016
During my PhD, I worked on the development of different protein bio-sensors for the analysis of nucleic acids, such as DNA sequencing and mapping, and the detection of DNA binding bio-markers. Throughout this work, I gained competence in molecular biology methodologies including DNA mutagenesis, protein isolation and engineering, and learned techniques such as electrophysiological recordings of single proteins from planar lipid membranes.
As part of the Arenberg Doctoral School Program I taught and guided bachelor and master students during their thesis. Further I followed additional courses to gain new skills important for team-working and broaden my expertise in nanotechnology, computer science and entrepreneurship.
In addition, I enjoyed working in an international and stimulating environment as the University of Leuven. I had the chance to present my research results at several conferences in Europe and oversea, and periodically to my department colleagues and local seminars. This intensive work has been an extensive training to improve my organizational and communication skills.
- Molecular biology techniques:
DNA extraction, mutagenesis and analysis; cell culture; protein purification and engineering.
- Electrophysiological recording from membrane proteins
- Data analysis and statistics
- Presenting scientific results at academic meetings and conferences
- Mentoring Master and Bachelor students
- Teaching laboratory practices (molecular biology) to Bachelor students
- Establishing collaborations with researchers from other departments
- Writing scientific papers.
– Franceschini, L., et al. DNA translocation through nanopores at physiological ionic strengths requires precise nanoscale engineering. American Chemistry Society Nano 10.1021/acsnano.6b03159 (2016);
– Franceschini, L., et al. A nanopore machine promotes the vectorial transport of DNA across membranes. Nature Communications 4: 2415 (2013).
Analytical thinkingAdaptabilityAttention to detailCommunicativeCreative thinkingCuriosityEfficiencyFlexibilityIndependenceInterest in knowledgeProblem solvingSociabilityWillingness to compromiseOrganizationInnovative thinkingCollaborationCharm
BiomarkersData AnalysisDNADNA extractionDNA sequencingDrug InteractionEnzyme AssaysLaboratory TechniquesLaboratory ResearchLaboratory SkillsLaTeXMatlabMedical Device R&Dmolecular biologyMultilingualNanotechnologynext generation sequencingProtein PurificationPurificationResearchSDS-PAGESequence AnalysisSmall moleculesSocial SkillsStatistical Data AnalysisTeachingTeamwork
Skills and Expertise
Analytical skills Analyze data Control data Write papersAnalyze proteinBiomarker ResearchCommunicationConduct literature searches.Interpret dataInterpret scientific dataInterpret research resultsOrganize scientific projects (in biology)Oral presentationPlan work to meet objectives and deadlinesPlan experimentsPrepare manuscriptPresent data at congressPublication of articlesR&DStatistical analysisTeach university studentsUse laboratory techniques
Doctor of Science: Chemistry (PhD) in Single-molecule nanopore technology from University of Leuven in 2016
Master's degree in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technology from Sapienza Università di Roma in 2010
Master's dissertation in Biophysics: single-molecule nanopore technology for DNA sequencing from University of Oxford in 2010
Training and Certification
Academic writing for doctoral students Certification
Agentschap Integratie & Inburgering Certification
CHINESE A1 Breakthrough & 2A/B Certification
FRENCH R1 A1 Breakthrough & A2 Waystage Certification
Nanotechnology for health Certification
Nederlands tweede taal - Richtgraad 2, NT2 Threshold 1 Certification
Opportunity Recognition Workshop Certification
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