Luisa Casella trained in Art Conservation at the Instituto Politécnico de Tomar in Portugal, specializing in Photograph and Paper Conservation. After completing her studies in 1996, Luisa worked as a paper conservator at the Biblioteca Nacional de Lisboa and as a photograph conservator at the Instituto Politécnico de Tomar. From 1998 to 2005 she worked as photograph conservator at the private conservation company Luis Pavão, Limitada, focusing on conservation projects of large-scale photograph collections in several museums, archives and cultural institutions in Portugal . In 2005 Luisa was awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for the Advanced Residency Program in Photograph Conservation at George Eastman House/ Image Permanence Institute in Rochester, NY. Her capstone project was the design and implementation of Notes On Photographs, an online resource on photograph characterization and conservation that was awarded a 2-year National Leadership Grant for Museums from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for further development in 2007. From 2007 to 2010 Luisa was the first recipient of the Research Scholarship in Photograph Conservation at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, researching the light-fading behavior of autochrome dyes under anoxic conditions. During this period Luisa continued ongoing research on cleaning of face-mounted photographs as well as being part of and carrying out the duties of a photograph conservation team member. From April to November 2011 Luisa worked as Photograph Conservator at Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin where she focused on conservation treatment of the remarkable photograph collection at HRC. She joined West Lake Conservators’ Paper and Photograph lab on November 2013.