Prof. Monica Gotta is born in Turin, Italy, where she also did her undergraduate studies. She received her PhD from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, where she worked on chromatin organization in the laboratory of Susan Gasser at the Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research (ISREC). In 1998, she joined the group of Dr Julie Ahringer at the Welcome CR/UK Gurdon Institute to study the mechanisms of cell polarization and mitotic spindle positioning during asymmetric cell division of the C. elegans embryo. In 2002, she went back to Switzerland as a Swiss National Science Foundation Assistant Professor at the Institute of Biochemistry, ETH, Zurich. In 2008, she moved to the Medical Faculty of the University of Geneva where she was first Associate Professor and then Full Professor in 2014. Research in her laboratory focuses on the regulation of cell division processes during development and is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the University of Geneva.