Alessandra graduated from Colby College in 2011 with a BA in Psychology and Biology, and a minor in Italian studies and Film studies. After college, she attended THE Ohio State University for Graduate School, where she graduated with a PhD in Neuroscience in 2016. Her thesis work generated and characterized a novel model of the aggressive brain cancer Glioblastoma in zebrafish. While in Columbus, she attended lots of football games and sporting events. Go Buckeyes! In the Langenau Lab, she is interested in studying developmental pathways that are switched back on in rhabdomyosarcoma. In her free time, Alessandra loves to travel with her family to their houses in Martha’s Vineyard and Umbria, Italy. She also likes to visit friends, plan parties, watch sports, attend concerts and shows, cook and try new restaurants.