MEET THE DIBIO SCIENTIST SERIES : Gaia Codolo
Pubblicato il: 21.04.2020 11:24
Gaia is a young researcher (RTDa) at DiBio
Can you summarize in few words your research?
My research interests have been always focused on investigating the molecular pathways involved in the modulation of immune system both in chronic infection and in tumors. Recently, I have been intrigued in investigating the mechanisms behind immune evasion in cancer, with particular attention to antigen presentation impairment and pathways or molecules that switch-off the ability of macrophages to counteract tumor growth.
What is the most rewarding and the most challenging part of your work?
This work is amazing but at the same time, a “double-edged sword”. The most rewarding aspect is the possibility of giving free rein to creative thinking, see the hypothesis confirmed by experiments’ results and hopefully finalized in a publication. On the other hand, one challenging part of this work is to face with papers and grant proposals rejection.
Tell us your story: what brings you to DiBio?
I obtained my M.Sc. in Biomedical Biology at the University of Padova, where I continued with a PhD in Cell Biology. During my postdoc I spent an exciting and inspiring time at the Max Plank Institute in Dresden and then, thanks to the “Giovani Studiosi” program I came back to Padova, to the DiBio, which gave me the opportunity to develop my career.
What’s your favourite “toy” for research – and what can it do?
As an immunologist, my favorite “toy” for research is the FlowCytometer; a versatile instrument that, combining lasers excitation, light scattering and fluorescence emission, allows us to define cells characteristics and function, to perform cell cycle assay, apoptosis assay, to study calcium influx and to detect biomarkers.
What are your interests outside science?
I spent time with my family and play with my son learning the names of all kind of dinosaurs and monsters. I love reading for myself and my son, I love so much travelling around the world and to drink a good glass of wine with good friends.