Cristina obtained in 2011 her Bachelor's Degree with honors in Biological and Molecular Sciences at the University of Studies of Pisa, Italy. After moving to the Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna, Italy, she started her career in the field of protein engineering designing an artificial DNA polymerase. She obtained the Master Degree in Molecular and Industrial Biotechnology with honors in 2014. In the same year she moved to the University of Liege, Belgium, to start the PhD. Again in the protein engineering field, she used both computational and experimental approaches to design artificial proteins based on the TIM-barrel fold. She obtained the Doctoral Degree in Science in 2019 and immediately joined Meiler Lab at Vanderbilt University for a Postdoc. Her expertise in protein engineering is now applied to the development of antibodies and vaccines in collaboration with Crowe Lab.