A Personal Touch of Eligio Iannetti


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This week: Eligio Iannetti






1. Name, nationality, current function & department?
Eligio Iannetti, Italian, PhD candidate, Khondrion, theme Mitochondrial disease.

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. 
I wanted to be genetic engineer but I was a bit confused so I thought I had to study engineer, and my dad is a construction engineer so I really thought I should have studied the same he did.

3. What was your previous academic training, where did you study and why did you choose that study/those studies? 
My passion for science and in particular for mitochondrial research becames something important in 2010 when I got my bachelor degree in Biological Science at the University of Bologna with a thesis focused on a fascinating genetic phenomenon: the mitochondrial DNA segments insertion into the nuclear genome by physical delivery of DNA from the mitochondria to the nucleus.

I obtained my Master in Molecular Biology in 2013 again from the University of Bologna with a research focused on a particular tumoral transformation process characterized by aberrant dense accumulation of mitochondria.

After a short reserach period at the Birmingham Univeristy in the United Kingdom, in 2013 I moved to Nijmegen to start my PhD research project at Khondrion.

4. The RIMLS motto is ‘to understand molecular mechanisms of disease’. What does this mean for you?
I have always had a mechanistic conception of life and I loved to break down complex problems in smaller issues that I can better deal with, therefore this motto means a lot for me, I love it.

5. Which international scientist inspires/inspired you the most? Please give a motivation why.
Kary Mullis. He has been described as an "impatient and impulsive researcher" who avoids lab work and instead thinks about research topics while driving and surfing ... what else?

6. Which research discovery that you have made has made you most proud? 
The one I still have not made … yet.

7. Given unlimited finance what experiment would you perform? 
It is not a real experiment but more a setup/mindset to do the best, more robust and consistent experiments ever: automation of every single lab procedure.

8. What does your working area (desk, office) look like and what does it say about you (or your research)?
I have a big Buddha statue on my desk, it helps me a lot to keep calm during the dark moments, I really need it, it is crucial to have it on my side … so, if you use some imagination, it says a lot about my dark research moments and me :-)

9. Nominate a colleague to be in the spotlight and what would you like to ask him or her? 
Till Mathan. When are finally going to revolutionise the collaboration system among scientists with our SCIPORT platform?

10. What type of person are you, quick insights:
a) Mac or  PC:
b) Theater or Cinema:
c) Dine out or dine in: 
Dine out
d) Ferrari or Fiat:
e) Shopaholic or chocoholic:
f) Culture or Nature:

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