Born and raised in Salerno, Italy, Dr. Filomena Califano's first dreams were of becoming an archeologist. Her early education has a strong foundation in the humanities as she learned to translate from Latin and Greek as well as to understand philosophic principles and history. In high school she fell in love with the sciences, particularly chemistry and physics, and decided to pursue a career in engineering.
Dr. Califano earned her BS in chemical engineering at University of Salerno, Italy in 1994. After that, she enrolled in a Food Engineering Master Program at University of Naples, Italy.
She moved to the United States in 2002 and earned her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at The City College of New York. She graduated from there in 2004 and a year later went to Princeton University to begin her Post Doctorate work in Bio-Engineering.
Currently, Dr. Califano is an Associate Professor of Chemistry and Physics at St. Francis College, NY. Her research interests are extraction of heavy metals and separation of liquids solvents using a phase transition extraction process.