Ms Nicole Rufo


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Current position: PhD candidate in Cell Death Research & Therapy Lab headed by Prof. Patrizia Agostinis in K.U. Leuven, Belgium.

2012-2015: Undergraduate and then postgraduate fellow in Gene/neural stem cell therapy for lysosomal storage diseases in San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milan, Italy

2011-2013: M.S. in Medical, Molecular and Cellular Biotechnology at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan, Italy

2011: Undergraduate fellow in Neurotoxins, Neuroparalysis and Regeneration Lab headed by Prof. Cesare Montecucco at University of Padova, Italy

2008 – 2011: B.S. in Molecular Biology at University of Padova, Italy

Why are you doing a PhD?

I committed to science after attending a seminar in High School where a Professor was explaining his work as a scientist. I remember him saying that it implies long nights in the lab, non-schedulable weekends and frequent frustration. Instead of getting scared I got fascinated by the second part of the talk: that the only way you could deal with this job is if you feel “the holy fire of research” burning inside of you and you look at the opportunity of facing the unknown every day and contributing to progress as a gift. First studying and then working as a post-graduate student gave me a flavor of this sensation, and I believe that a PhD will let me appreciate it completely.

Other interests?

When I am not in the lab I love playing tennis, going to the gym and playing piano. Whenever I have time I also like to travel and explore new places with my friends, but my greater passion is horse riding.

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