Promoting new-to-industry bacteria to the level of cell factories. I combine metabolic engineering with synthetic biology for designing new CO2-based biorefineries.
As a sort of Samson, when he had hair, he used to be a decent swimmer and compete at regional level. Now that he is bald, speed and resistance are decreased. Yet, swimming remains his favorite sport.
Despite being terrified by heights, he once jumped out of a plane at the border between USA and Mexico. Luckily this was in a tandem jump, as he fainted shortly before touching the ground. Luckily, the trainer was skilled enough to wake him up, and both safely landed with no injuries.
He used two own to goldfishes, which he named after René Descartes and Gottfried Leibniz. In early 2010s, a period of high earthquake intensity in Italy, René became an accurate sensor of seismic activity. He used to expel a tail of organic material (poop) after each shake, whose length was proportional to the intensity of the shake.
As history freak, he enjoys being the cicerone of Bologna to his friends, showing around the beauties of his birthplace. History, arts, good food and cold pignoletto.