Dr. Franciosi is an Assistant Professor of Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology at the University of Milan since 2017 and is part of the Reproductive and Developmental Biology Laboratory www.redbiolab.unimi.it of the Department of Health, Animal Science and Food Safety.
Dr. Franciosi graduated in Veterinary Medicine in 2005 and obtained her Ph.D. in 2009 for studies on the interactions between somatic cells and the oocyte and the maternal contribution to the early stages of embryo development. In 2012 Dr. Franciosi won the Italian L’Oreal for Women in Science Prize for studies conducted on the epigenetic modifications of horse oocytes and in 2013 she was awarded the Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship within the 7th EU Framework Program. She conducted her postdoc at the Center for Reproductive Sciences of the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) where she worked on the regulation of translation in mammalian oocytes.
Her research aims at understanding the normal processes of oocyte growth/differentiation, fertilization and early embryo development with the ultimate goal of improving the safety and efficiency of infertility treatments and fertility preservation procedures. These studies require continuous optimization of standard techniques for the in vitro culture and manipulation of oocytes and embryos, along with the development of novel approaches. This naturally led to her involvement in programs for the genetic salvage of endangered local breeds.