University of Pavia
Try to explore different fields and new experiences. Have an open mind.
WHAT DO YOU DO?
My work can be probably defined as a convergence between chemistry and biology. In particular, I study the biochemical mechanisms leading to the progression of neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases; these conditions are strongly associated with the presence of insoluble and fibrillar deposits generated by the aggregation of neuroproteins, in which the interaction with metal ions and reactive free species plays not negligible roles. Therefore, I focused my attention on the possible binding between neuronal proteins and metals, as iron or copper ions, assaying the reactivity of these adducts and the implications in the development of these pathological conditions.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?
My interest in this specific field has grown over time during my academic career, but I can say I’ve always had an inclination for all sciences. A multitude of science domains are unexplored and this is the most stimulating aspect of this work, because it transforms an everyday work into a non-stop challenge.
HOW DO/DID YOU TACKLE OBSTACLES?
Everybody faces professional and personal obstacles. Failures are key events to promote personal growth and they work as motivations to achieve new goals.
WHAT DO YOU LOOK AT & THINK, "I WISH YOUNGER ME WOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS WAS POSSIBLE?"
All decisions and opportunities that I made in the past are strongly associated with a specific moment of my life and in that instant they were right! I think that we should only looking straight ahead and not be put off by what goes or has gone wrong.
WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?
Research and scientific teaching are two fields which I love. Researcher's job is creative and always changing, allowing to explore and develop new ideas and activities, while scientific teacher's job provides the opportunity to transmit passion and interest for what I'm doing everyday.
BEST ADVICE FOR NEXT GENERATION?
At first, Think different! Try to explore different fields and new experiences, both in the professional life and in the personal one. Have an open mind, be curious toward the world and use the imagination because without curiosity any new thing can be discovered. Finally, you must believe in what you do.
"Creativity Is Intelligence Having Fun” – Albert Einstein