Dr Francesca Ceroni graduated in Pharmaceutical Biotechnologies from the University of Bologna, Italy. She then obtained a PhD in Bioengineering from the same university working in the field of synthetic biology on the development of synthetic genetic devices in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells for the control of cellular functions. In 2010, she was Visiting Research Fellow in the Laboratory of Professor Pam Silver, in the Department of Systems Biology at the Harvard Medical School of Boston, USA. She worked together with Dr. Karmella Haynes to build a synthetic device for real-time detection of microRNAs in cancer cells. In January 2013 Francesca joined Imperial College London as Research Associate in Synthetic Biology in the groups of Dr. Tom Ellis and Dr. Guy-Bart Stan within the Centre for Synthetic Biology. Her work aimed at examining the causes of cellular burden in Escherichia coli when transformed with foreign genetic devices in order to understand the host response to recombinant protein production and identify design rules for synthetic systems. In 2016 Francesca was awarded the prestigious Imperial College Junior Research Fellowship to pursue her interests in mammalian synthetic biology for bioproduction and healthcare applications. From October 2018 Francesca is Lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London; she is continuing her work in bacterial and mammalian cells towards more robust and host-aware cell engineering and applications in bioprocessing and health.