RODOLFO MARIN RIVERA (Writer, Collaborator)
Since my childhood I’ve been linked to the mining world, because I was born in a small town located in the north of Chile next to the biggest copper mining company, Chuquicamata. Therefore, my taste for metal was inevitable: in Music and in Science. At the school, I tried several times to form a heavy metal band to fulfil my taste for metal, but it didn’t work so well. However, I found a most passionate way through science. Thus, in 2005 I graduated as Practical Engineer and, in 2008 I graduated as B.Sc. Metallurgical Engineer from Arturo Prat University (Iquique, Chile). In October of 2008, I started working at the Mining and Metallurgical Innovation Institute (Instituto de Innovacion en Mineria y Metalurgia, IM2) of Codelco (Chile) as Research Engineer. Later, I decided to go further with such cosmologic relationship between metal and science, and I decided to make my childhood dream true: I came to Europe to continue my studies in the same field. Thus, in 2014 I graduated with a M.Sc. in Metallurgical Engineering from RWTH Aachen University (Germany) and I became a “Master of Metal”. Nowadays, I’m pursuing my PhD at KU Leuven (Belgium) in the field of Chemical Engineering. When I’m not in the lab, I enjoy travelling, watching sci-fi movies and attending some metal festivals around Europe, although, I still have the dream of forming one day a heavy metal band. I really like to travel and be surrounded by an international atmosphere and, time to time, I go for some “Spartan” physical training outside or at the gym.
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STUART MATHER (Writer, Collaborator)
In 2012, I graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry and Biology from Keele University and since then, I’ve been studying for a PhD within the Viral Pseudotype Unit, based at the University of Kent’s Medway School of Pharmacy. Here, we produce replication-deficient, hybrid virus particles called pseudotypes, which mimic wild-type mechanisms of target cell entry and transduction, but can be handled at much lower biosafety than their infectious counterparts. This way, we can safely perform serological assays to assess neutralising antibody levels in vaccinated or naturally infected individuals. I find it really rewarding to communicate information about my research and the wider scientific area, whether that be through publishing, giving talks or presenting posters, and blogging is another fantastic way to accomplish this, while reaching out to a more general audience. In my spare time, I enjoy playing tennis, cooking and baking, watching films, going to live music gigs, and learning to speak Italian.
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