I completed both my Bachelor’s (2005) and Master’s (2008) degrees in Biotechnology at the University of Florence, Italy. Having had a strong passion for travelling since my teen-age, during my study I tried to grab any chances available to live abroad. In 2006-2007, I spent one year at the University of Helsinki (Finland) as an Erasmus exchange student. Under the supervision of Dr. Kim Yrjala, I worked for my Master’s thesis in the Department of Bioscience on phytoremediation, studying Aspen tree bacteria communities. In 2009, I was awarded the “Leonardo Da Vinci” scholarship and spent four months in the Department of Chemistry at the Imperial College (London), under the supervision of Dr. Ed Marshall. In the same year, I was awarded the IUPA (University International Postgraduate Award) scholarship and flew Down Under (Australia) to start my PhD in Organometallic Chemistry at The University of New South Wales with Prof. Barbara Messerle. There, I gained extensive organic and organometallic chemistry skill and I routinely used Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy as investigative technique. After 3.5 years of hard work, I decided to hang around the south hemisphere for a bit longer and consciously think through my next career step. In 2015, after 6 years of sun bathing in December, countless hours of yoga practice, one memorable scuba diving trip on the Great Barrier Reef and weeks of travelling in New Zealand, Thailand, Laos and Malaysia, I decided it was time to go back to the beautiful Old Continent. A few months after my return, I started my current Postdoctoral Research Associate role as part of the European Union funded consortium ‘MyNewGut’.
I feel very lucky to have joined Dr Sandrine Claus’ research group at the Reading University. Thanks to it, I am able to combine my scientific interest in NMR and passion for health topics, while living in the beautiful England and be surrounded by nice people.
Dr Giulia Mancano