Francesca Sargolini was born in Rome in 1974. She completed her Master’s degree at the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche in Rome in 1996, studying the involvement of different subcortical brain structures in learning and memory. The program included six months at l’Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, where she investigated the neuronal mechanisms that are involved in the consolidation and the re-activation of a memory trace. In 1999 she headed for Toulouse to join a PhD program in Neuroscience and Behaviour. Sargolini earned her doctorate in 2002, after three years at the Centre de Recherche sur la Cognition Animale (CRCA), having worked on a project in collaboration with the Psicobiologia laboratory in Rome. The project involved the study of a sub-cortical brain structure called the striatum, and its involvement in the encoding and consolidation of spatial and contextual information. After a post-doctoral position at the CRCA in Toulouse, she came to Trondheim in 2004.