Dr. Sclavi obtained her undergraduate degree from Reed College in 1992 (Portland, OR, USA) and her PhD at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1998 (Bronx, NY, USA) with Michael Brenowitz and Mark Chance. Following her PhD, Dr Sclavi moved to Paris, at the laboratory of Henri Bucat in the Pasteur Institute, where she applied time-resolved footprinting techniques to the study of bacterial transcription complexes and notably to the elucidation of the different kinetic and structural intermediates in the pathways to promoter recognition and DNA melting by RNA polymerase. In 2000, she moved to the Institute Goustave Roussy with the group of Malcolm Buckle, and two years later they moved to the Ecole Normale Superièure de Cachan (now ENS Paris-Saclay).