Francesca Santoro received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Biomedical Engineering at the ‘Federico II’ University of Naples (Italy) with specialization in biomaterials. She received a PhD in 2014 in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology in a joint partnership between the RWTH Aachen and the Forschungszentrum Juelich (Germany) with a scholarship by the International Helmholtz Research School in Biophysics and Soft Matter (IHRS BioSoft). In October 2014, she joined the Cui Lab - Chemistry at Stanford University (USA) and received a research fellowship in 2016 by the Heart Rhythm Society (sponsored by St. Jude Medical). She joined IIT in July 2017 and is leading the 'Tissue Electronics' lab at CABHC-Naples. In 2018 she has been awarded the MIT Technology Review Under 35 Innovator ITALIA and EUROPE and the 'Premio Italia Giovane'. In 2019 she has been nominated MIT Technology Review Ambassador, has been included in the list of '100 women who are changing the world' and among the 50 italian women running as women of the year by the national newspaper 'La Repubblica'.