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Stefano Cucuzza

PhD student

I started my bachelor degree in Scienze Biologiche (life sciences) in 2010 in the Università di Pavia in Italy with an experimental thesis in genetics in the group of Prof. Luca Ferretti.

After my graduation in 2013, I continued my studies at Pavia with a master degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics and obtained my master degree cum laude in 2015 with a thesis in viral enzymology in the group of Prof. Giovanni Maga.

While looking for a suitable PhD position, I worked for 6 months as an intern at Complife testing efficacy and security of medical devices and cosmetics in vitro and in vivo.

Since October 2016, I have been working as a PhD in the group of Prof. Oliver Zerbe on the repeat proteins project, where I focused roughly the first half of my PhD on refining and applying my biochemical skills in the wet lab. In the second half of my PhD, the project naturally progressed in an unexpected direction that required a completely new skill for me: programming. Despite not having any formal education in that field, I decided to meet this new challenge head on and obtained a self-taught coding knowledge to be able to match the project's needs.

When I am not in the lab I am usually pursuing my hobbies: gaming, reading, enjoying movies and series or trying to learn something new.