Simona received her BA in Biology and English literature from University of California, Santa Barbara. As an undergraduate, she first began exploring her research interests in the realm of inorganic chemistry, investigating high oxidation states of transition metals in the Hayton Group. She pursued interests in nanotechnology as well, traveling to Trinity College Dublin where she worked on bio-responsive carbon nano-materials for delivery of small metal ions. After an autumn studying at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and eating meat pies, she returned to the states, graduated from UCSB and decided to seize an opportunity to work in biotech before coming to graduate school. She worked in international business development at Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT) for a year before joining Northwestern’s biology department in 2014 where she currently splits her time between experimental and computational work in biomaterials for orthopedic tissue engineering. In her free time Simona enjoys overpopulating her Goodreads to-read shelf, discovering new foods and singing with the NUtones, Northwestern’s graduate a cappella group.