As an Italian, I like to teach people what they should eat. For my Ph.D., I decided to accept a bigger challenge: teaching Pseudomonas putida to eat CO2.
I studied both for my Bachelor’s Degree in Biotechnology and my Master’s Degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology in Bologna, Italy, my hometown. During my studies I came across the world of Synthetic Biology and Metabolic Engineering and I got fascinated by it. This brought me to do my Master’s Thesis in the Systems and Synthetic Metabolism group at Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology in Potsdam, Germany. In Arren’s lab I worked on establishing formatotrophic growth in the fast-growing bacterium Vibrio natriegens. Inspired by Arren, I decided that I wanted to work in establishing C1 assimilation in heterologous hosts. That’s why, in September 2021, I joined SEM as a Ph.D. Student as part of the Copenhagen Bioscience Ph.D. Programme. In the group, my work is focused on the conversion of Pseudomonas putida into an autotroph.