Giulia comes from Italy and completed her undergraduate studies there, at the University of Bologna. She got her BSc in Biotechnology, with a thesis on the characterization of new variants of breast cancer and her MSc in Molecular and Cellular Biology. During her Master work she encountered Drosophila for the first time, studying the protein Awd and its involvement in wingless signaling. She moved to Dresden for her PhD and now is studying the embryonic development of Drosophila melanogaster, with a particular focus on Scab-mediated blastoderm-vitelline envelope attachment and its role in gastrulation. She loves to dance, and in her free time she likes to practice different kinds of dances. She also enjoys going to the theater, reading a book or just having a walk along the Elbe.