Larissa Spinelli was born in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte - Brazil. She graduated from Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte UFRN in February of 2009 as a Computer Science major. While an undergraduate, she was engaged in activities related to research, teaching and technical training. She joined the Tutorial Education Program (PET) in Computer Science at her university, which supports undergraduate research and mentoring. She attended an eighteen months technical course on Computer Networks at Federal Center of Technological Education of Rio Grande do Norte CEFET-RN (Brazil) and a nine months complementary course on Test Analysis at the Federal University of Pernambuco UFPE (Brazil) which also included an internship at Motorola Brazil Test Labs. Furthermore during her senior year she did an internship in the Sun Campus Ambassador Program at Sun Microsystems Brazil.
She got a Master degree in August of 2011 from the System Engineering and Computer Science Program at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (COPPE/UFRJ)- Brazil. While a master student she was joined the Laboratory for Modeling, Analysis and Development of Networks and Computer System LAND, where, she conduced researches on Complex Networks and Network Modeling and Performance Evaluation under the supervision of professor Daniel Ratton Figueiredo. During her master she worked on the problem of de-anonymity problems in Complex Networks. As a result, she presented the paper "Characterization and Identification of Roles in Connection Networks" (in Portuguese) published at the WPerformance 2010 (a brazilian workshop), have the poster "Characterization and Identification of Roles in TCP Connection Networks"presented at IFIP Performance 2010 and his Master Thesis "Characterization and Identification of Vertices and Roles in Connection Networks and Random Graph Models" (in Portuguese) published in August of 2011. Futhermore she did a three months internship at INRIA - Sophia Antipolis - France working on CCN Caches problems.
She is currently a fourth year PhD student from the Computer Science department at Boston University under supervision of professor Mark Crovella. During her firsts PhD years she worked with statistical analysis of networking data and published a paper "AliasCluster: A Lightweight Approach to Interface Disambiguation" at the Global Internet Symposium 2013. In 2014 she did a three months internship at Verisign Labs working on DNS anomalies detection. She is currently developing a work related to the users narrow experience effect provided by recommendation systems.