Nicoletta Cascelli

Development of new engineered laccases for the syntesis of ferulic acid and HMF derivates

Affiliation | University of Oviedo, Spain
Secondment | BioPox, Italy

BSc in Biomolecular and Industrial Biotechnology: focus on the basis of Biotechnology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Chemistry, Genetics.
MSc in Molecular and Industrial Biotechnology: focus on Advanced Biotechnology, System Biology, Fermentation Chemistry, Enzymology.

In my free time I love baking pasta and Italian sweets (…and eating them), I run, I see crime TV movies and series, I read Yellow books.

What is the most useless talent you have?
I can knot my hair with three fingers in 10 seconds.

Where is the worst smelling place you have been?
I have never found a smellier place than my grandmother’s goat, cow and sheep farm (on the other hand, the milk they produce is delicious, like cheeses).

What ridiculous thing has someone tricked you into doing or believing?
My friends call me “broccolona” which in Italian means “gullible”. To name just two cases: my classmates at school simulated an earthquake, and I panicked a lot (started crying and hiding). Or my best friend at 16 made me believe she was pregnant (she didn’t know whose) and I started planning everything to be close to her in her “future life” (she tricked me for one week).

About which topics could you talk for hours?
My life and experiences, my pet, genetics, food and pastry (my passion), Italian places (the country of my heart).