Gloria Franco holds a bachelor’s in Biology (1988) from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), and a MSc. (1992) and Ph.D. (1996) degrees in Biochemistry and Immunology from the same University. Since her Ph.D. she has been working with sequencing and annotation of genomes and transcriptomes of protozoan and worm parasites and bacteria. In 2014 she was a Visiting Professor at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Australia, working with non-coding RNAs involved in neuronal plasticity and disease. She is currently Full Professor at the Department of Biochemistry and Immunology/UFMG and Coordinator of the Postgraduate Program in Bioinformatics at UFMG. She is a founding member of the Brazilian Association of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (AB3C) and its previous President. She has experience in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics, working mainly with genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics of prokaryotes and eukaryotes. She has also a great interest in teaching Bioinformatics and Genomics for undergraduate and graduate students.