Ivan Campeotto

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Favourite Thing: I like to communicate my new discoveries to the scientific community and public



Classical High School Andrea Maffei (Riva del Garda, Trento, Italy), University of Padua (Italy) (1999-2005) and University of Leeds (UK) (2005-2009)


BSc and MSc in Biotechnology and PhD in Structural Biology

Work History:

King’s College London and Imperial College London

Current Job:

Structural biology of proteins from Staphylococcus aureus


Imperial College London

Me and 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 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.

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Inquisitive, talkative, good-humoured.

Who is your favourite singer or band?


What's your favourite food?

Homemade pizza

What is the most fun thing you've done?

I swam with turtles and tropical fish in Barbados

What did you want to be after you left school?

A lecturer

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

Yes, I would be late for lessons after gym class and basketball!

What was your favourite subject at school?


What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

To have solved the atomic structure of proteins and to have discovered their mechanism of action

What or who inspired you to become a scientist?

The excitement of the grand ‘possibility’ and to hopefully benefit society through my research

If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?

A medical doctor or a chef!

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

Other stuff

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