Which are the most challenging parts of your project?
The whole project is extremely challenging. We have to cope with all of the tasks that a conventional PhD would have to, but in addition we have to be able to face several residency changes and trips, which involve careful planning. Specifically, about my project, I would say that developing the high bioinformatic knowledge that is required is a challenging task, but I’m pretty sure that I will enjoy the process and be well advised by my supervisors and industrial partners. Challenging usually means gratifying and enjoyable so I’m pretty happy to face such a challenging project.
Which are the most boring parts of your project? And the most interesting ones?
First answer is easy, administrative tasks. Is there anyone who enjoys them? As part of a European Project which involves a co-tutelle and several industrial partners we have to face a lot of administrative work, not only institutional but also related to our constantly changing daily life. Second question is much harder since I’m so excited because of my whole project. But I think that being able to work with animals and learn about their handling and welfare and the possibility to visit several countries and meet people from all over the world are extremely interesting.
How did you feel when you receive the confirmation to have been chosen as an ESR?
I couldn’t believe it! I received the confirmation while I was doing an internship in the Chilean Patagonia, facing a completely new experience for me. Knowing that it was just the beginning and that I was going to be able to meet high quality researchers from all over the World and to be part of such a reputable project was such a shock. I really didn’t believe it until a week passed and I accepted that I was going to live this unique opportunity.
Which are your greatest passions?
Out of science, I would say that my passions are sport (specially handball), reading (especially fantastic and historic literature) and videogames. Those activities have been part of my life since I was young, have helped to forge my personality and I think that without any of them I would be a completely different person.
Why did you decide to study (and then to work) on this kind of topics related to animal science and biotechnology?
I studied my Bachelor´s degree in Biotechnology because Biology had always been my favourite subject through my educational path and the new possibilities that Biotechnology brings to the Biology field seemed too exciting for me.
As a scientist I had done research projects in both animal science and plant science before MANNA started. This preference for the agricultural field of knowledge rather than the human one (which is often the preferred for Biotechnologist) is due to a familiar background. I have grown up helping my father with his agricultural work so my affinity to that field of knowledge has always been obvious for me. It is nice that before doing plant/animal research I have actually worked with them.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Honest, meticulous and trustable.
Questions: Ruben Riosa