Francesca D’Autilia graduated in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology at the University of Pavia in 2010. She obtained a Ph.D. in Nanosciences from University of Genoa in 2016 in the Optical Nanoscopy group at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia in Genoa. During her Ph.D. she was mainly focused to study the diffusion processes in pectin gels by means of FCS (Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy). In addition, she characterized different polymeric nanoparticles using confocal and STED microscopy, also addressing the mechanism at the base of their cell uptake. She worked as a post doc at the Center for Nanotechnology Innovation@NEST, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia in Pisa. Her research activity was focused on the in-vitro and in-vivo study of the structural and dynamic properties of biological molecules and entire sub-cellular nanostructures by means of novel spatiotemporal fluctuation analysis tools (e.g. pair correlation, iMSD, fast RICS and orbital tracking). She worked also on the synthesis and characterization of lipidic vesicles to study membrane structural and dynamic properties by means of a straightforward combination of fluorescence fluctuation spectroscopy and non-linear microscopy (CARS).