As a biotechnologist, I have been always interested in microorganisms and bioproduction―and to mediate a change towards a sustainable lifestyle. My team at the Center for Biosustainability focuses on this objective by engineering environmental bacteria for bioproduction of novel chemicals.
Pablo is a huge fan of (so called) ‘classical’* music and opera. That is why you get to see him with his headphones on while he is in the office**
* If you want an
extended explanation as for why this expression is
inaccurate, drop by office 304F.
** i.e., forced by the rest of the SEMsters to wear them.
During the few hours that he is not delving into the intricacies of bacterial metabolism, Pablo is a devoted orchid aficionado (he probably felt the urge of working with Streptomyces cattleya pathways for this reason).
He has no strong objections to (good) red wine, Mediterranean cuisine and loves cats*. As it is the case for many other scientists, coffee fuels Pablo’s every day’s life. Freshly-brewed coffee. Good quality, freshly-brewed coffee.
* Both pets and Webber’s musical.
Time to settle this: yes, he is Argentinean (kind of explains the strong accent, doesn’t it?); no, he does not excel at football or dancing tango (he is reasonably good at sarcasm, though); yes, Argentineans do eat other things apart from grilled meat. Argentineans who have an idée fixe with asado and in need of a fast cure are suggested to move to Denmark (an experiment to test this hypothesis is currently in course).
He still wonders about the meaning of the final episode of Lost sometimes.
While not explicitly listed in his résumé, Pablo holds a degree in IKEA furniture assembly.
Dislikes (not necessarily in order of importance):
Coriander [apparently because he has a mutation in a gene cluster of olfactory receptors responsible for (E)-2-decenal/(E)-2-dodecenal transport, see Erikkson et al.*―if you want to join this rather exclusive club, please sign up here: http://www.ihatecilantro.com Entropy,in general, Asymmetric bacterial streaks on agar plates, Cheap coffee, Orchestras not using at least four harps in Mahler’s 6th/7th/8th symphonies (something as unacceptable as using a celesta instead of a glockenspiel in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte), Comic Sans. Do never use Comic Sans if you want to be in Pablo’s good books.
* Erikkson et al. (2012) A genetic variant near olfactory receptor genes influences cilantro preference. Flavour, 1: 22.