Dr Chiara Giorio is a lecturer at the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, where she leads her research group. Chiara was born and grew up in Vicenza in Northeast Italy. Growing up, she had many interests, from sports to reading books, especially novels. Although Chiara didn't have a clear idea of what she wanted to do in life, she always had a predisposition and curiosity for scientific subjects. She decided to study chemistry at the University of Padova (Italy) because she thought that chemistry can nicely balance theoretical and experimental work, and it opens many job opportunities. During her Bachelor thesis, she fell in love with atmospheric chemistry and continued on that path for her Master's thesis and PhD.
It was at the beginning of her PhD, at Professor Andrea Tapparo’s lab in the Department of Chemical Sciences at the University of Padova, that the opportunity to work with the world of bees came up. It started with a collaboration between her PhD supervisor and Professor Vincenzo Girolami, an entomologist at the same university. They joined the international Task Force on Systemic Pesticides (TFSP), chaired by Dr Maarten Bijleveld van Lexmond. After her PhD, Chiara did a postdoc at the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, under the supervision of Professor Markus Kalberer. She then secured a position as researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and joined the Laboratory of Environmental Chemistry at the University Aix-Marseille in France, before moving back to the University of Padova as a tenure-track assistant professor.