Giovanni Davide Barone
a.k.a ESR 10
Institut für Molekulare Biotechnologie
Graz University of Technology
1st June 2017 – 31st May 2018:
Research Assistant. Engineering Biosafe Photosynthetic Cyanobacteria Producing Biofuel, at Ångströmlaboratoriet Uppsala University (Uppsala, Sweden).
Professor Peter Lindblad (Ångströmlaboratoriet Uppsala University), in collaboration with Phytonix Corporation (Black Mountain, U.S.A).
Main topics: Metabolic Engineering, Cyanobacterial Industrial Biotechnology, Thermophilic and Mesophilic Cyanobacteria, Biofuel Production.
2014 – 2016 (Graduation: 28th February 2017, AY 2016):
Master Degree in Industrial Biotechnology. Master Thesis Title: Hydrogenase Activated Synthetically by a Mimic Compound: a peculiar example of Hydrogen production in Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803. University of Milano-Bicocca (Milan, Italy).
MA Thesis Experience at Ångström Laboratoriet, Uppsala University. Supervision by Professor Peter Lindblad and Assistant Professor Gustav Berggren. 12 months experience (01-11-2015 to 31-10-2016).
Main topics: Industrial Biotechnology, Molecular Biology, Metabolic Engineering (Hydrogenase-Photosystem Electrons flux), Enzymatic Synthetic Activation in vivo / in vitro.
2011 – 2014 (Graduation: 28th November 2014):
Bachelor Degree in Biotechnology. Thesis title: Triglycerides and Cell Cycle in Saccharomyces cerevisiae: a Direct Link Concerning the Cyclin – Dependent Kinase Cdc-28. Professor Paola Coccetti. University of Milano-Bicocca (Milan, Italy).
Main topics: Cellular Biochemistry, Biocatalysts, Molecular Biology, Yeast.
Giovanni Davide grew up in Italy, childhood and adolescence are strongly connected to surrounding area of the city of Milan. Regarding University studies, he graduated in Biotechnology (2014) and Industrial Biotechnology (2017) at the University of Milano-Bicocca.
He intensified his research interest in photoautotrophic microorganisms and their biotechnological applications, especially during the development of his Master thesis on Cyanobacterial Hydrogenase Synthetically Activated in the lab of Prof. Peter Lindblad at Ångström Laboratory (Uppsala University, Sweden) for 12 months. Thereupon, he worked for further 12 months in the same lab as Research Assistant on an industrial project that strengthened his interest in the molecular biology and metabolic engineering of cyanobacteria.
In July 2018 Giovanni Davide moved to Graz University of Technology, where is part of the PhotoBioCat Network as ESR10 supervised by Prof. Robert Kourist. The main research topic is the characterization and utilization of physiological key factors for cyanobacterial biotransformations, aiming at improved production yields of valuable chemicals. This project is involving Prof. Paula Tamagnini (University of Porto, Portugal) as co-supervisor. The development of downstream-processing and commercialization is also planned with the industrial partner. Giovanni is always looking forward for new scientific challenges and open minded to make inspiring experiences.
He is also looking forward for join Teakwon-do ITF clubs, where he can practise Teakwon-do even if not in Italy, for live concerts and snowy places where he can practise snowboarding.