Francisca Leonardo – Master’s in Molecular Techniques in Life Science

Francisca is an international student and digital ambassador at Karolinska Institutet (KI). Do you have questions about student life at KI? Send her an email or read her blog.

Programme: Master’s Programme in Molecular Techniques in Life Science  

From: Canada  

Contact me in: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Lite Svenska  


Read Francisca's blog

Photo: Iida Tynkkynen

Francisca based her decision to come to Karolinska Institutet (KI) on a strong recommendation from a friend who had previously studied here and had a great experience. For her, this was a sign that KI is not only an excellent environment for academic research, but it also provides a tightly-knit and vibrant community for its students, which is especially important if you come from a faraway land like Canada.  

Francisca looks forward to learning from top researchers at KI and getting involved in cutting-edge research at SciLifeLab. She is also excited about meeting all the strangers that have yet to become her friends. Finally, she looks forward to turning Sweden into her new home away from home.  

It is hard for Francisca to imagine what her reality will look like in 10 years. She likes living on a week-by-week basis; it keeps her on her toes and helps her to live more in the present. If she had to guess what her future looks like in 10 years, Francisca hopes she is either the CEO of her own biotech start-up or working at NASA, or maybe something else altogether.  

In her free time, Francisca likes to play tennis, make music, sketch urban landscapes, and read about anything and everything. Most importantly, she appreciates Swedish music like no other healthy person ever should. In fact, a fun bit about Francisca is that she listens to at least one ABBA song every morning to start her day off right!