Maria Bota was born in Romania. In 2009 she graduated from INSA (National Institute of Applied Sciences) in Lyon, obtaining an engineering diploma (Master in Science and Technology) in Bioinformatics and Modelling. During her studies she undertook several academic and industry-based research internships in international and interdisciplinary environments: IARC (Lyon), Bioinformatics Lab at the University of Leeds, R&D Department of Sanofi Pasteur (Marcy L’Etoile), and the Department of Ecology and Evolution of University of Lausanne. In 2010 she joined the iPRI team as a Research Officer, specialising in epidemiology and biostatistics applied to a series of public health projects. She took a particular interest in diabetes related projects: post-authorization safety studies for monitoring the long-term safety of several diabetes drugs and meta-analyses which have been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented during international conferences. In addition, she has coordinated the preparation of a White Paper on the epidemiology of diabetes. In January 2014 she started a PhD in Mathematics and Statistics, focusing on Statistical Issues in the analysis of database studies.