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Cristina graduated in Biological Sciences at the University of Palermo in Italy and completed her PhD in Molecular Biology at New York University. Subsequently she conducted postdoctoral research at the Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics at the American Museum of Natural History, where she was also the Scientific Manager of the Global Felid Genetics Program. The focus of her research has been the applications of population genetic tools to the study of geographic variation, gene flow and evolution of social behaviour in natural populations. Cristina has also been genetics consultant for Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Environment Society of Oman, and a member of the Scientific Committee of The International Whaling Commission.
Cristina is now directing her career toward research administration and project management, and has joined the International Health Research Group in the Department of Public Health, University of Cambridge, as Research Programme Manager. She provides scientific and operational support to the projects of the group at both the University and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.