Please learn more about colleagues in our "Personal Touch" series setting employees in the spotlight. A light-hearted manner to learn about the colleagues you know and those you don't!.
This week: Simone Mastrogiacomo
1. Name, nationality, current function, department & theme?
Simone Mastrogiacomo, Italy, PhD student at the Biomaterials department. Imaging in hard tissues engineered.
2. When you were a child what did you want to be when you grew up? Can you tell us something about your childhood years.
As most of children do, I wanted to became a football player or a famous person such as actor or politician. I had a very nice childhood in a small village in the south of Italy where I could learn the true values of the live (e.g. family, friends and respect for others people). In general I have been always a curious person and this is why I finally end up doing a PhD.
3. What was your previous academic training, where did you study and why did you choose that study/those studies?
I studied Medical, Veterinary and Farmaceutical Biotecnologies at the Univerisity of Parma. I have been always fascinated by the biology and the scientific topics, but I wanted to do also something that could teach me practical job, for instance how to work in laboratory.
4. The RIMLS motto is ‘to understand molecular mechanisms of disease’. What does this mean for you?
This is what I do every day: Solving the puzzle of what is causing the disease (in my case osteoarthritis) on a molecular level.
5. Which international scientist inspires/inspired you the most? Please give a motivation why.
Galileo Galilei, the father of the modern science. A revolutionary astronomer, engineer and mathematician that with his astronomical observations supported the theory of the Heliocentrism (i.e. the Sun is at the center of the Universe and the Earth is revolving around it). Because this theory he was accused by the Church of heresy but nevertheless he kept supporting his idea until his last day.
6. Which research discovery that you have made has made you most proud?
I am still too far to be compared with Galilei! Anyway I developed a biocompatible bone substitute that can be imaged with magnetic resonance or with computer tomography.
7. Given unlimited finance what experiment would you perform?
I will open a my own research institute
8. What does your working area (desk, office) look like and what does it say about you (or your research)?
My desk says: ‘this is Simone`s place’.
9. Nominate a colleague to be in the spotlight and what would you like to ask him or her?
Weiqiang Dou, when we are going to publish?
10. What type of person are you, quick insights:
a) Mac or PC:
b) Theater or Cinema:
c) Dine out or dine in:
d) Ferrari or Fiat:
e) Schopaholic or chocoholic:
f) Culture or Nature:
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