Giovanna Danies Turano completed the requirements for a PhD degree in the Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology section of the School of Integrative Plant Science from Cornell University in May 2015. Her research was supervised by William E. Fry and was on population genetics of Phytophthora infestans in the United States. Before coming to Cornell Giovanna received a BSc degree in Biology and a BSc degree in Microbiology from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia in 2009. Also from Universidad de los Andes, Giovanna earned her MSc degree in Biological Sciences in 2011. Giovanna is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Universidad de los Andes where she has a role of mentorship and research as well as teaching responsibilities. Furthermore, Giovanna is working on the creation of a center for the improvement of teaching and learning in STEM areas in Colombia.