Maria Francesca Egidi graduated in biological science from the University of Milano, Italy, in 1974. She then received the degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Milan, Italy, in 1981 and completed the specialization in nephrology in 1984. She joined the Nephrology Division of the University of Milan. In 1991, she was appointed as visiting professor at University of Iowa (IA, USA), hospitals and clinics. In 1993, she became associate professor at University of Pittsburgh, (PA, USA). In 2000, she was appointed as full professor of Medicine at the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee (TN, USA). She was also the Medical Director for the Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation. From 2007 to 2012 she joined the Medical University of South Carolina. She is currently the Director of the Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplantation Department, and Professor at the University of Pisa. She is author of more than 150 publications, among scientific papers and book chapters.