Dr Francine Marques is a National Health and Medical Research Council Peter Doherty and Heart Foundation early career fellow since 2013. She completed her BSc in 2005, obtaining first class Honours in Genetics, and a Master degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics in 2006, both at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Dr Marques was awarded her PhD in 2012 at the University of Sydney, in the field of the molecular genetics of hypertension under supervision of Prof Brian Morris. From Oct 2011 to April 2015, she worked at Federation University Australia with Prof Fadi Charchar as a postdoctoral researcher, initially as a fellow of the Collaborative Research Network. In June 2015, she moved her fellowship to the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, under supervision of Prof David Kaye. Her research interests include molecular genomics changes leading to cardiovascular disease, in particular mechanisms arising from the kidney and the heart in hypertension, cardiac hypertrophy and failure.