CARMEN PIRAS (Writer, Admin)
I am currently working as a Postdoctoral Researcher in materials chemistry at the University of York (UK), where I study new hydrogels for biological applications. From September 2016 to December 2017 I worked as a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Researcher at KU Leuven (Belgium). In 2012, I graduated in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technologies at the University of Cagliari (Italy) and I then started a PhD in material chemistry at the University of Kent, which I completed in July 2016. The research project I’ve been working on during my PhD focussed on the production of biocompatible hydrogels for cell culture and pharmaceutical applications. Science, research and writing have always been a passion for me and popular science is the perfect way to combine them. In my spare time I love studying languages (spanish and greek are my challenges at the moment), going to the gym and travelling. Besides this, I’m a coffee addicted and jaffa cakes are definitely my weakness.
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EVELINA PETITTO (Writer, Admin)
Passionate about science and biology (and especially about the brain!!) I’m currently working as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at UCL, where I’m studying the differential functions of clathrin light chains in complex physiological processes. Prior to this, I got my PhD at Kent University, studying the molecular mechanisms underlying spontaneous release of neurotransmitters. With a strong background in psychology and neuropsychology, my interest for the brain is not only about neurons and proteins, but also for its amazing ability to think and behave in sickness ad in health. I also am addicted to youtube videos and books about pure theoretical math, which I find very fascinating regardless the fact that I can truly understand half of it. When I’m not busy working in the lab or engaging in intellectual activities, I enjoy running in the open, going to the gym, concerts and cooking (and, of course, eating the results).
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