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EducationClassical High School Andrea Maffei (Riva del Garda, Trento, Italy), University of Padua (Italy) (1999-2005) and University of Leeds (UK) (2005-2009)
QualificationsBSc and MSc in Biotechnology and PhD in Structural Biology
Work HistoryKing’s College London and Imperial College London
Current JobStructural biology of proteins from Staphylococcus aureus
Imperial College London
Favourite thing to do in my job: I like to communicate my new discoveries to the scientific community and public
My Work: I use X-rays to discover cool structures and design new medicines
My Typical Day: I fire protein crystals with X-rays to visualise molecules in 3D and spend a lot of time at the computer analysing them
What I'd do with the prize money: I would donate the sum to the BHZ Connection Language project in Brazil which benefits children’s education.
The money will be useful to provide books and other teaching materials for the project.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Inquisitive, talkative, good-humoured.
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
The excitement of the grand ‘possibility’ and to hopefully benefit society through my research
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Yes, I would be late for lessons after gym class and basketball!
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
A medical doctor or a chef!
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
I swam with turtles and tropical fish in Barbados
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
To be more organised, to win the Nobel Prize and to have my own group in the next 3 years.
Tell us a joke.
Why do bicycles fall over? Because they are two-tired