Franca Rossi

Upon graduation in Biological Sciences at the University of Pavia (Italy) in 1992, she worked as research fellow first at the Italian CNR (IGBE-CNR, Pavia; Italy) and then abroad (INSERM, Nice; France), acquiring a broad knowledge of technologies for the functional characterization of macromolecules of medical and biotechnological relevance. In 2001, she joined the Biochemistry Unit of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the University of Piemonte Orientale (DSF-UPO, Novara; Italy), where she contributed her expertise to the pre-existing know-how in structural biology, thus creating a new blend of complementary skills that resulted in the establishment of new research lines, mainly focused on the characterization of single proteins and macromolecular complexes of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the causative agent of tuberculosis in humans, and of the malaria vector Anopheles gambiae. In 2002, she obtained a permanent position as Researcher at DSF-UPO, where she teaches the “Applied Biochemistry” and “Molecular Biology” courses.

At present, she is the representative per UPO at the “Centro Interuniversitario di Ricerca sulla Malaria – Italian Malaria Network /CIRM-IMN” Scientific Board.