Emilio Mastriani

Position: Bioinformatician

Research focus: Development of virus profiling pipelines based on 2nd and 3rd generation sequencers

What do you love about viruses?
Their ability to adapt and organize for surviving

Who is your favourite scientist and why?
It is L. Pasteur because of his determination and scientific discoveries

On what topic could you give a 30-minute presentation without any preparation?
Using of computational resources like HPC (Unix based) for intensive calculation tasks

What is your favourite way to spend a day off?
Play music, walking on the nature and staying with my family

What are you currently learning?
Deep-learning strategies to identify cervix cells infected by HPV

If you could create a new invention, what would it be?
Something useful to poor people and to marginated communities

What is the most interesting question or challenge in science that is still unanswered?
Completely understand the reason why some viruses are transmitted among humans and not others belonging to the same family (e.g. Hantaviruses)

What is the coolest thing about your research?
Using appropriate computational approach to obtain the best results saving time

What do people think about you that isn’t true?
Being rude

What was your most surprising scientific finding?
The suspected correlation between the CpG distribution on Andes hantavirus and their ability of human transmission

For which project idea are you still looking for a cooperation partner?
To define a general rule linking the CpG distribution in viruses (Hantavirus) and their human-to-human transmission ability

What was your biggest achievement, and what your biggest failure?
My biggest achievement is my family, while my biggest failure was getting late my PhD

Which scientific topic (outside of your field of research) do you think should have more scientific attention?
The relationship between the ecological changes and the occurrence of new diseases

If you were completely free to choose a scientific topic to work on, which would it be?
Computational virology

If you had the option to advise a younger version of yourself, what would that be?
The time is a really precious good, avoid of loosing it

Is there anything else you would like to share with other EVBC members?
I am honored to join the EVBC, hoping to have a reciprocal collaboration and support. Have a nice research!