Image: Núria Crivillers (PhD Committee), Simona Ricci (recent Doctor) and Marta Mas-Torrent (supervisor).
After my master’s degree I decided to proceed my career with a PhD. During my master’s I spent six months in Madrid, carrying out an internship at the Complutense University under the framework of the Erasmus project. I really enjoyed the experience and so I decided to get my PhD abroad. I started searching for an open position on the Euraxess website and I found the one posted by Dr. Marta Mas. So, I applied, and here I am.
My research deals with the development of biosensors. That is to say, devices for the detection of biomarkers. The devices we are focused on in my group, are organic based electronic devices. They have the advantage to have a lower production cost, to be flexible and light-weighted with respect to the ones we use in our daily life based on silicon.
I hope one day the biosensors I have been working with during these years could enter the market, but for the moment further investigations are needed. Anyway, it should be useful for the early diagnosis and follow up of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease, as it senses an important biomarker in this field.
To never give up and keeping on trying to reach my goals.
I will miss most the international environment, all my colleagues and friends and the cheerful moments spent together.
I have learnt a lot of new work-related things. I have also learnt to deal with people coming from different places and cultures. So, I think that this experience will come in handy in my future steps, I am more aware of myself and my capabilities.
In the short time I will come back to Italy and I will search for a job. I hope to continue working at something related to science and investigation, however not strictly in the academic field.
I think that every student has different difficulties to overcome during its path, depending on different factors. However, I can surely recommend to always understand what you are doing and why and to keep updating on the last discoveries in your field. Also, a good point is to have a good communication with the supervisors, ask for help if you need it.
Well, when I was a child I was fascinated by scientific documentaries on TV, especially the ones in which some researchers explored wild and far away regions. Furthermore, I had a particularly good science teacher at primary school, she got me love to understand the reasons of natural phenomena. Finally, I chose to study chemistry at the University after a really good reading which I recommend: “The Physics of Superheroes” by James Kakalios.
Marie Curie. But in general, I really admire all the women scientists who had to struggle with gender prejudice in the past.
Just good luck to all the others ICMAB PhD students, and see you soon!
Simona Ricci's PhD Thesis announcement