Federica obtained her PhD in Medical Genetics in 2001 from the University of Genova, Italy. She then moved to Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, as a post-doctoral fellow, where she was promoted to Instructor. In 2006, she was appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cancer Biology at the Kimmel Cancer Center, Thomas Jefferson University, in Philadelphia. In September 2012, she started her new role at the University of Manchester as a Senior Lecturer. She has a background in skeletal muscle biology and mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation.
As a PhD student, she was the first to discover that mutations in the caveolin-3 gene are the cause of a novel form of limb-girdle muscular dystrophy, named LGMD-1C. Later on in my career, she developed an interest in breast cancer, and she has applied the knowledge and expertise gained from studying mitochondrial metabolism to the breast cancer field.