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Francesca Basini

I am a 1st Year PhD at Mathematics for Real-World Systems Centre for Doctoral Training (MathSys II).
I am working under the supervision of Prof. David Rand (Warwick), Dr. James Briscoe (Crick Institute) in collaboration with Dr. Meritxell Sáez (Crick Institute) and The Francis Crick Institute.

I am interested in the development of mathematical and statistical methods for modelling stem cell differentiation based on information coming from the Gene Regulatory Network and intracellular communication.


  • MSc Individual Summer Project (2020) - New model approaches to developmental biology in mouse embryos with supervision of Prof. David Rand (Warwick) and Dr. Meritxell Sáez (Warwick - Crick).
  • Master Thesis (2019) - A stochastic block-model for football network data with supervision of Prof. Nial Friel (UCD) and Prof. Cinzia Viroli (University of Bologna)
  • Bachelor Thesis (2017) - Protein fluorescence: modelling and regression with supervision of Prof. Vladislav Vyshemyrsky (University of Glasgow) and Angela Montanari (University of Bologna).

Invited Talks

  • Poster Session at “Working group on Model-Based Clustering” 26th edition, Vienna. (15-19 July 2019)


  • MSc in Mathematics for Real-World Systems, University of Warwick (2019-20) - with Distinction

  • MSc in Statistical Sciences, University of Bologna, IT (2017 - 2019) - 110/110 cum Laude
    • Thesis abroad at University College Dublin, IR (2019)
    • Member of Collegio Superiore, School of Advanced Studies of University of Bologna (2017-2019)
  • BSc with Honours in Statistics, University of Glasgow, UK (2017) - First Class Honours
  • BSc in Statistics, University of Bologna, IT (2014-2017) - 110/110 cum Laude


Working Experience

  • Biostatistician summer intern at IRST, Meldola, IT - (Jul-Sep 2018)
    Collaborated as a research assistant at the biostatistics division of the Cancer Research Institute (IRST) developing a research study on the efficacy of a new treatment in basket phase III clinical trials.
  • Course Degree Tutor at University of Bologna, IT - (2017/18)
    Tutoring activity (340 hours) for the Bachelor’s Degree in Statistical Sciences
  • Statistics Consultant at Cattaneo Research Institute, Bologna, IT - (Feb - Apr 2018)
    Collaboration for the Italian national elections and local elections: data collection, analysis and prediction.
  • Academic tutor at University of Bologna IT - (Apr - May 2018)
    Tutor for the orientation plan “Science Degrees” (statistical area).


  • Award for Best Performer in the Master’s of Statistical Sciences, University of Bologna. (July 2019 )
  • Award from Collegio Superiore Alumni Association for Research. (May 2019)
  • Scholarship for Thesis abroad, University of Bologna. (a.y 2018/19)
  • Scholarship for Excellent Students, University of Bologna. (a.y 2015/16, a.y 2016/17, a.y 2017/18)


  • A.Y. 2019/20: Secretary of the MathSys CDT Student Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC)

Email: Francesca dot Basini at warwick dot ac dot uk

Office: D2.05 Zeeman Building