Paola Verrucchi (born November 1965 in Firenze, Italy) completed her undergraduate study at the Physics Department of the University of Florence, graduating in 1991 with a thesis on the quantum thermodynamics of low-dimensional magnetic systems. In November 1991 she started her PhD studies in collaboration with the Institut fuer Theoretische Physics of the University of Hannover (Germany), obtaining her PhD degree in theoretical condensed-matter physics in 1994. At the end of 1994 she was awarded a two-year post-doctoral fellowship by the European Commission, for a project with the ISIS Theory Division of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxford (U.K.). Back in Italy in 1997, Paola Verrucchi worked at the University of Florence, the Italian Institute for Physics of Matter, the Italian Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN), and the Italian Research Council (CNR). Since 2008 she is a permanent researcher at the Institute for Complex Systems of CNR and affiliate with the Physics and Astronomy Department of the University of Florence and INFN. Paola Verrucchi regularly teaches at the University of Florence (PhD course in Physics and MS course in Logic), supervises MS, BS, and PhD thesis, and she is a referee for several international physics journals.