Dr. Jessica C. Ramella-Roman received an Electrical Engineering degree (Laurea) from the University of Pavia, Italy in 1993 and worked for five years in the semiconductor industry. She returned to academia in 1999 to pursue a Ph.D. degree in bio-optics with Dr. Steve Jacques and she received a Master’s and Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Oregon Health Science University in Portland, Oregon in 2004. She was a Post Doctoral Fellow at the Applied Physics Laboratory of the Johns Hopkins University from 2004 to 2005. She was then an Associate Professor at The Catholic University of America from 2005 to 2010 and an Associate Professor from 2010 to 2013. She is a Senior Research Scientist at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington DC, and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. Since 2013, she has served an Associate Professor at Florida International University, in the Biomedical Engineering Department and an Associate Professor on the Research Scientist Track in the Department of Cellular Biology and in the Department of Ophthalmology.