Elisa Franco is an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Riverside, in the department of Mechanical Engineering. She received her Laurea degree and Ph. D from the University of Trieste (Italy) in Power Systems Engineering and Automation. She earned a second Ph. D. in Control and Dynamical Systems at Caltech, where she worked on DNA nanotechnology in the groups of R. Murray and E. Winfree. She is the recipient of a UC Regents Fellowship and a Hellman fellowship.