Federica Sartori received her Bachelor degree in Cellular Biology from the University of California, Davis. Throughout her undergrad she worked in the labs of Bruce Draper, Michael Turelli, and Rachel Brem to get experience in diverse areas of biological research including vertebrate development, population genetics, and computational genomics. After she graduated, she spent a year studying alternate polyadenylation in yeast in the lab of Lars Steinmetz at the European Molecular Biology Laboratories in Heidelberg, Germany. Federica is currently doing her PhD in the lab of Mark Siegal, where she is studying different ways in which genes interact with each other (epistasis) and mechanisms for diversification and survival (bet hedging) in populations of budding yeast. As Graduate Assistant for WINS, Federica hopes to help young women in science understand graduate school and career options and build a network that will allow them to transition confidently into post-graduate life.