9 questions and a passion that brings you far awayTuesday April 5th, 2016 by admin
We came to find Bruno Gallo, a young Italian researcher working on a research project at Imperial College London. Let’s know him better, his story is a story of passion and also the courage to take a challenge.
Genesis of a passion
A short biography, where were you born and raised?
My name is Bruno Gallo, I was born in Genoa on the 30th of December 1989. Genoa is a lovely place to grow up in, nature and man coexist intrinsically where the Alps fall down steeply into the Mediterranean Sea. In this environment I have always been passionate about understanding how nature rules relationships among organisms.
What did you study?
I have always been interested in scientific subjects since I was a teenager, when I picked the scientific diploma in science at the Liceo Scientifico Luigi Lanfranconi of Genoa. After the diploma in 2008 I have started a BSc in marine environmental sciences at the University of Genoa, where I graduated in 2012 with final marks of 102/110.
In London you mature!
How did you get to London?
In June 2012 I applied for an MSc in Freshwater and Coastal Sciences at Queen Mary University of London where I have been accepted to start in October 2012. This was a crucial step in my life and career as it was at this point that I really decided to become a scientist.
What differences have you found between English and Italian universities?
I have found many differences between universities in Italy and in the United Kingdom. Italian universities are very strong in scientific subjects such as Maths, Physics and Chemistry, but lack in applied subjects, infrastructures and laboratories. On the other hand, British universities direct students straight into what they will be doing post graduation that is what really fascinated me the most. This complete different approach is what made me decide that research was what I wanted to do in future.
Ring of fire, passion and creativity
What are you currently involved in?
I started my PhD in October 2015 at Imperial College London. My project is part of a £3.7m NERC large grant looking at the effects of global warming on food webs in high Arctic geothermally heated streams. This project, suggestively called among the scientific community “The Ring of Fire”, has collaborators in 35 institutes from 10 countries around the world and it’s the first study that looks at global warming which couples biogeochemical cycles on a global scale.
How will the Ring of Fire project develop?
The Ring of Fire is a 4 years project which will develop in several different areas of ecological research: molecular, microbial and biogeochemical. This research will be carried out not only in universities and laboratories, but also in 5 Arctic sites: Iceland, Alaska, Greenland, Svalbard and Kamchatka. Fieldwork will be taking place during summer time and the first site will be Iceland in June 2016, where the whole team will be meeting to decide which sampling methods will be used across all sites.
What is your dream?
My dream is to manage my own research group one day, where I will be able to carry out research in several different aspects of ecology. Meanwhile, I will have the time to build a family that to me is one of the most important values in life.
Would you like to come back to Italy to carry out new research?
I always say that if I had a chance to do what I am currently doing in London, I would have never left my country. Unfortunately, due to the way that things are now developing in Italy I can’t see myself going back any time soon.
What guarantees would you like to have?
As I already said, I would love to have a permanent position in science that one day will allow me to have the necessary stability to build a family.
Thank you Bruno for the time you have dedicated to us, we will follow your research with great interest.
See you in Iceland in June then!
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