Eugenia Chiappe was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she studied Biology at the University of Buenos Aires and Circus Arts at the Asociación Argentina de Actores. For her graduate studies she moved to The Rockefeller University in New York City as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) predoctoral fellow. Her research in peripheral audition introduced her to the biophysical specializations of sensory organs. After taking a course in computational neuroscience at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA, she became increasingly interested in the computational principles occurring during more integrative brain functions. She then joined Vivek Jayaraman’s lab at HHMI's Janelia Farm Research Campus where she collaboratively developed a new technique to record neural activity in behaving flies to study visual-motor transformations in _Drosophila melanogaster_.