They get very
high ratings for a reason: the experts on Peerwith are great at what they do.
We feel that human interaction is really important in science collaboration and
to help you to get to know the experts a little better we asked them to answer
a few questions. We will regularly post their replies on this blog.
Corrado, one of the FEMS (Federation of
European Microbiological Societies) experts, is eager to support authors.
tell us a little bit about yourself?
come from Switzerland and I have a background in Microbiology, in which I got
my Master degree at the ETH Zurich in 2008. During my studies, I became
fascinated about microorganisms on the spot! As Antoine de Saint Exupéry said
in The Little Prince: “The
invisible is essential to the eye” –
although I doubt that the author thought about bacteria, fungi and viruses. In
2009 I moved abroad and continued my academic research career in Berlin, where
I obtained my PhD in Environmental Microbiology at the Free University. Through
the years, I worked in several Institutes in Switzerland, Germany and Spain,
and this is what I love about science: that it is an internationally spoken “language”
through which like-minded professionals can communicate and discover the world.
I also believe that science can only thrive if it is properly communicated,
both among scientist and to the general public, and that a lot of
misunderstandings are diffused throughout the population – therefore, there is
still a lot of work to do in the field of science communication.
I work as Postdoctoral researcher at the Technical University of Berlin at the
Institute of Biotechnology. We work with the model filamentous fungus
Aspergillus niger, and want to better understand its biology and growth
behavior to improve its capability as producer of industrially-relevant
substances. It’s an exciting and demanding position in which wet-lab skills,
scientific reading, writing of articles and grant applications as well as the
supervision of students and travelling to international conferences are well
balanced! The working atmosphere in the Department is very enjoyable and
productive, and it’s fun to show up at work every single day.
my activities as scientist and communicator, I enjoy to travel and get to know
new cultures. Last year I had the chance to visit Patagonia and Tierra del
Fuego at the southernmost tip of South America, and it was absolutely amazing.
I love my cat, who is a constant companion while working at my laptop writing
and editing scientific texts. While writing this, she is sitting beside me
Why have you
decided to become a FEMS-Peerwith expert?
love a well-told story, even if it is on a hard scientific subject! I enjoy
reading a scientific paper that is not only interesting, but also well written
and clearly structured. This, and my passion for the communication of science,
led me to volunteer at FEMS – the Federation of European Microbiological
Societies since 2016, for which I regularly write commentary pieces, blog
entries and articles. I enjoy writing about science, and I am excited when I
have the chance to read a manuscript and propose ways to improve it. I believe
it is a very enriching process and I love the collaboration to improve the
quality of a text. That is why I decided to offer my experience as expert on
what kind of service request can we wake you up in the middle of the night?
great to receive manuscripts that are close to my area of expertise and start
working on it on the spot. However, also to get assignments in a more-distant
research area is great to get immerged in new fields or topics. I believe that
for a client it is beneficial to get a fresh perspective from a professional
from a diagonal field. As long as I know that I can contribute to improve the
quality of an article – be it by providing some scientific consistency,
correcting formal mistakes or improve scientific formulations, as well as
language polishing – I am always excited to work on new manuscripts. Being
Swiss and having grew up in a multi-lingual region, I am glad to support with
translational work as well!
where will your next holiday be?
I just came back from Tangier, in the North of
Morocco, and it was fantastic. I loved the food and the maze-like small alleys
in the old town. I am not sure yet where I will go this year on holiday, but I
am looking forward to get lost for a couple of days in a new city and culture!