Dr Federica Lopes is research fellow at the University of Edinburgh. Her work investigates the impact that chemotherapy has on fertility. She started looking at the effect of anti-cancer agents on the female gonad using mouse and ex-vivo human ovary in Professor Norah Spears’ lab. She then moved to explore the effect of chemotherapy on young boys’ fertility in Professor Rod Mitchell’s lab. Federica grew up in Italy where she graduated in veterinary medicine, followed by a PhD in physiology of reproduction, studying the role of cytokines on pre-implantation sheep embryo development.

Outside work, she enjoys swimming, preferably in the warm Mediterranean Sea, and walking through the green Scottish landscape.