”To solve a problem you have to face it from many different perspectives and bring together what each one of you knows to tackle it”

”To solve a problem you have to face it from many different perspectives and bring together what each one of you knows to tackle it”

Sixth interview for the project YoungHumansOfScience where I try to interview people related to this field and understand their stories in order to close the gap between society and science.

Adam:What made you follow your actual path?

I was always interested in science, since before high school. For example, when they explained to us how the principles of Mendel on transferring genetic material worked. I started getting curious about whether it actually worked.

Adam: What were you interested in?

Things that at first make me think ‘How is this possible?’ or those that I have a hard time believing actually happen. For example when I was small I had a hard time believing that sugar could be dissolved in water until they showed me, and I usually react the same way with anything that seems hard to believe, I need them to show me proof.

So I always ended up trying different things to understand better how they happen. I think that I was born with this innate curiosity.

 I had to see for myself if what they were explaining really happens. Maybe this is also related to my passion for  the environment and the branch of agriculture, although at first it was simple curiosity.

The bachelor on biotechnology was interesting, but a little bit too theoretical. I would have liked more practical lessons but I don’t regret the choice.

Now I am going into the field of environmental sciences. I was always interested in what happens around us, and the needs that our society has. Although as time went on I lost that interest and it was during my bachelor that it reignited, and since my second year of bachelor’s I knew I would follow this path.

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Adam: When did you decide your path?

In the second year of my bachelor’s I did a subject on environment for the first time. I saw how useful it could be and at the same time how none of my classmates seemed interested in it. They were only focused on the pharma and medical applications and I was one of the few that was more interested in environment.

After the bachelor I started a master’s in biology for the environment. It gave me new things and developed the part of agro-alimentary  engineering and environmental biology. This helped supplement the molecular biology character of my bachelor’s.

Right now I am working on observing how the traffic affects environmental contamination. We use linden leaves that are facing the traffic and others where there are less cars and we compare them.

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This master helped me change my way of thinking and a better understanding of climate change. While it is unavoidable due to the effect of the sun on the earth, we can still slow it down.

We can do it by using not only genetically modified plants but also with many other approaches. Now I understand that to solve a problem you have to face it from many different perspectives and bring together what each one of you knows to tackle it.

We need a more social approach with different points of view because alone we can’t change it.

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