Michela studied at the University of Bologna where she obtained her BSc and MSc in Medicinal Chemistry and Technology. She spent one year working in a synthetic chemistry lab for her master thesis project, which involved the design and synthesis of semi-natural hybrid compounds inspired on eco-sustainable drug discovery for neglected tropical diseases (such as Malaria, Trypanosomiasis etc.). After her graduation, Michela secured a fellowship to do a further year of research at the University of Glasgow, Institute of Infection Immunity and Inflammation, where she had the opportunity to test her compounds for the in vitro activity and mode of action. Michela's PhD project will focus on the bioengineering of fatty acid and lipid metabolism to make value-added products. Besides chemistry she enjoys reading, music, cooking and hiking.