Francesca Ferraro, MD, PhD

Francesca Ferraro, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

Division of Oncology
Mail Stop 8007-0029-11
Washington University
660 South Euclid Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110

Room 614, Southwest Tower (office)

Shannon Dobbs

Clinical Interests
  • Hematologic malignancies
Research Interests
  • Acute myeloid leukemia

My clinical and laboratory research interest is acute myeloid leukemia (AML). In recent years, sequencing techniques have accelerated our discovery of the mutational events that contribute to the pathogenesis of AML. Our lab focuses on modeling these mutations in mice to understand how each mutation affects the establishment and progression of AML in-vivo. The goal is to identify mutation- specific vulnerabilities that could be targeted in personalized approaches to improve the efficacy of current chemotherapies.



  • 2014-2011: PhD, University of Parma, Italy
  • 2004-1998: MD, University of Parma, Italy

Post-Graduate Training

  • 2018-2016: Hematology-Oncology Fellow, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
  • 2016-2013: Internal Medicine Residency, Pennsylvania Hospital, University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2013-2012: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Dr. Stephen Sykes Laboratory, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2012-2009: Research Fellow, CSRB, Harvard Stem Cell Institute, Dr. David Scadden Laboratory, Boston, MA
  • 2008-2004: Hematology Residency, University of Parma, Italy

Academic Positions

  • present-2021: Assistant Professor of Medicine, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
  • 2021-2018: Instructor in Medicine, Washington University, St. Louis, MO

Board Certification

  • 2018: Hematology Board Certification
  • 2016: American Board of Internal Medicine

Honors & Awards

  • 2021-2018: K12 Paul Calabresi Career Development Award
  • 2010: Recipient of International Society for Experimental Hematology (ISEH) New Investigator Award at the 2010 ISEH Annual Meeting, Melbourne, Australia
  • 2006: Winner of the Mario Negri Institute (MNIAA) Prize, Best MD Thesis, Milan, Italy
  • 2004-1998: Best Student Award, 1^, 2^, 3^, 4^, 5^, 6^ College Academic Years, Parma, Italy

Professional Societies & Organizations

  • present-2013: American College of Physicians
  • present-2010: American Academy for Communication in Healthcare
  • present-2009: American Society of Hematology
  • present-2009: International Society of Hematology
  • present-2008: Italian Society of Hematology