My research focuses on system biology approaches to search for integrated genomic blueprints that enable us to understand and predict how cancer will evolve and respond to treatment.
After a Masters Degree in Theoretical Physics from the University of Turin, Francesca completed her PhD in Physics and Mathematical Modelling at the Institute of Cancer Research within the University of London. She then undertook a postdoctoral research fellowship in Mathematical Modelling and Biostatistics at the Gray Cancer Institute, London, before joining the Molecular Oncology Laboratories at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Oxford, first as a postdoctoral research fellow in Bioinformatics / Biostatistics then as a Group Leader. She is the recipient of a Cancer Research UK programme and a European Research Council consolidator award.
In addition to her research programme, she teaches at national and international Masters Courses and Advanced Schools, is a member of national and international panels, and acts as bioinformatics / biostatistics advisor for genomics clinical research studies.
She has been invited to present her work at national and international conferences, and authored or co-authored over 100 publications, several in high impact journals.
Dhawan A. et al, (2019), Nat Protoc, 14, 1377 - 1400
Voukantsis D. et al, (2019), Gigascience
Victori P. and Buffa FM., (2019), Br J Radiol, 92
Dhawan A. et al, (2018), Nat Commun, 9
Lord SR. et al, (2018), Cell Metab, 28, 679 - 688.e4