Mathematical Modelling and

Synthetic Biology Lab


Francesca Usai

Francesca Usai


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Born in Cagliari (CA), on July 4th, 1996

Main affiliation

Department of Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering

University of Pavia

Via Ferrata 5, I-27100 Pavia, Italy

Other affiliations

Centre for Health Technologies (CHT), University of Pavia, Via Ferrata 5, I-27100 Pavia, Italy


Current Position

Ph.D student, University of Pavia, Italy

Academic Degree


Master's Degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Pavia, Italy
Thesis: Design and construction of functional living materials to implement biosensors and actuators through bacterial Bioprinting and Synthetic Biology. Score: 110 out of 110


Bachelor's Degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Cagliari, Italy
Thesis: Comparison of the alterations of the path induced by different forms of dementia. Score: 107

Research Interests

Synthetic Biology

  • Biosensing
  • Engineered living materials (ELMs) 
  • Cyanobacteria engineering

Metabolic Engineering

  • Polymer production in Bacillus subtilis
  • Biomineralization in Synechococcus elongatus

 Honorary appointments

Mar 2023 -

Oct 2023

Visiting Graduate Student, Church Lab (Wyss Institute) - Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA


 International and National Organizations, Awards

2021 Gruppo Nazionale di Bioingegneria award (Silvio Cavalcanti prize) for the Master Thesis
2021 Ordine degli Ingegneri della Provincia di Torino award (Luigi Bertelè prize) for the Master Thesis

Last update 24-03-2023