Chiara grew up in Italy, where she attended Liceo Classico Arnaldo in Brescia, and obtained a master degree in "Economics and Social Sciences" (DES) from the Luigi Bocconi University in Milan in 1993. Her final research project was on applications of finite exchangeability to population sampling, and was supervised by Eugenio Regazzini. In the same year, she was awarded a Bocconi Fellowship for advanced studies. She came to Stanford in 1994 to pursue a PhD in Statistics, and worked with Jun Liu on multiscale MCMC methods. Between 1998 and 2000 she was a post-doctoral scholar with Neil Risch in the Department of Genetics, also at Stanford. In 2000 she joined the facutly at UCLA in the newly established departments of Human Genetics and Statistics. She received the NSF Career award in 2003. After 9 happy years in sunny southern California, she came back north with her family and currently lives and works at Stanford.