Francesca Ferlaino received her Ph.D. degree in physics from the University of Florence and the European Laboratory for Nonlinear Spectroscopy in Italy in 2004. After two years of post-doctoral research in Florence, she joined the Ultracold Atoms and Quantum Gases group at the University of Innsbruck in Austria as a visiting scientist. From 2007 to 2009, she was a Lise-Meitner fellow of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) in Innsbruck, working mainly on Efimov physics and few-body physics with ultracold atoms. In 2009, she won the prestigious START Award from the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research and the FWF, allowing her to establish a new research group at the Institute for Experimental Physics of the University of Innsbruck.
A prediction that resonantly interacting particles can form weakly bound trimer states remained a mere theoretical oddity for more than three decades until tunable ultracold gases caused the field to explode, with enormous progress in just the last year.