Francesca Quatrrocchio is of Italian origin. She arrived in the Netherlands with an European fellowship for Molecular Biology, did her PhD at the VU where she started studying how genes are regulated in their expression using flower pigmentation in petunia as model. Since the doctorate, her research focused on processes that determine the storage of important molecules (pigments, scent, sugars, proteins) in plant cells. Currently she is an assistant professor at the department of Plant Development and Genetics of the UvA, she exploits the petunia mutants collection to find out which genes control the formation of storage compartments inside cells. The achievements of this research have always interested local and foreign companies in the plant ornamental, agricultural and food sector.
Hans Mulder (1961) is the curator for natural history Allard Pierson, the collections of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and keeper of Artis Library. He teaches and publishes on natural history and the history of the book. Mulder co-edited the facsimile of M.S. Merian, Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium (Lannoo, 2016) and wrote De ontdekking van de natuur (TerraLannoo, 2021) for which he received the Jan Wolkersprijs for best nature book in the Netherlands.