Luisa Franco graduates in Biological Science at the University of Genoa discussing the thesis "Heterogeneity of erythrocytic human G proteins" with the grade of "110/110 cum laude" (1990). She achieve her PhD in "Cellular Biotechnology applied to Pharmacology and Molecular Biotechnology applied to Biomedicine" at the University of Milan, discussing the thesis "Correlation between extracellular production of Cyclic ADP-ribose and its intracellular functions" (1995). As a post doc fellow at the University of Minnesota in the Physiology Department she focused her research on calcium homeostasis following the project:"Functional characterization of ADP-ribosyl cyclase and of its product cADPR in the calcium homeostasis" (1996-97). She continued her studies on calcium signalling as post-doc at the University of Genoa, Department of experimental medicine, Section of Biochemistry, pursuing the following research projects: i) NAD+ and cADPR transport through cellular plasmamembrane; ii) role of cADPR in the calcium homeostasis and contraction of bovine tracheal smooth muscle (1997-99). At the University Federico II of Naples, Centre of Biocrystallography, Chemistry Department, she focused her studies on the purification of the protein connexin 43 and characterization of its role in NAD+ transport through the plasmamembrane (1999-2001). As senior researcher at the scientific direction of the G.Gaslini Institute, Genoa (2001-2004) she deepened the role of Cyclic ADP-ribose as intracellular calcium mobilizing messenger in different cell types from fibroblasts to glia cells. In 2005 she attends to the Master in Scientific Communication of the University of Milan, department of Pharmacology,and starts her collaborations with the journal "Tempo Medico" as free lance journalist through the Agency for science communication Zadig in Milan; she also collaborates with press office of the "Festival della scienza" in Genova (2005-06). Since 2006 shecollaborates with the Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia in Genoa to planning, construction and preparation of the laboratories of the Department of Neuroscience and Brain Technologies (2000 m), acquisition of all the instruments through European tenders, coordination of the scientific activity, grant applications, collaborations with other research institutes and supervision of administrative activities. Since 2011, she is at IIT as manager of the Neuro-facilty Unit of the Neuroscience and Brain Technologies Department.