Massimo, molecular biologist, is constantly on a mission to inspire scientists and laypeople around him with his passion for science. During the time spent on the bench, he followed his natural all-around curiosity, investigating several topics from medical diseases to plant physiology. Head of TheScienceBreaker, Massimo proudly chases his naïve dream of an engaged society where scientists and citizens are facing together the upcoming challenges for human civilizations. At the University of Geneva, Switzerland, Massimo works for BiOutils – an academic and laboratory-based platform for outreach in life sciences.
Massimo is the editor of 221 Breaks:
Are girls too good at reading to study math?
Women remain strongly underrepresented in math-related fields. We showed that the difference between 15-y-old students' math and reading abilities influences the gender gaps in self-concept in math and in intentions to pursue math-related studies and careers.Jan 28, 2020 | 3.5 min read
Family history and personal health behind memory’s impairments
Adults with a first-degree relative with Alzheimer's disease perform more poorly on online paired-learning tasks than adults without such a family history. This impairment appears to be exacerbated by having diabetes or a genetic variation in the apolipoprotein E (APOE) gene linked to the disease.Jan 24, 2020 | 3.5 min read
Shrimp on cocaine – what’s the big deal?
The environment is under significant pressure from multiple issues that stem from human activity. One important issue that many individuals are unaware of is the potential risk of chemical contaminants in the environment.Jan 23, 2020 | 4 min read
Hunting new-born neurons in the human adult brain
The continuous generation of new neurons during lifetime is crucial for learning and memory. In humans, we found a mild decrease in the number of these immature neurons through physiological aging and a dramatic reduction in Alzheimer´s disease accompanied by impairment in their maturation.Jan 22, 2020 | 3 min read
The migration of marine plankton during the industrial era
Due to climate change, the Earth is now in a state fundamentally different from before the pre-industrial era. Marine plankton, the basis of the food chain, has been responding to ongoing change. However, up to now, it was not known if plankton species had been pushed away from their undisturbed state.Jan 21, 2020 | 3 min read
‘Online’ integration of sensory and fear memories
A stimulus never associated before with danger becomes frightening when elements of a past sensory memory become integrated into a new fear memory. But when does this integration occur? We show that this integration occurs ‘online’ as the fearful event is encountered.Jan 17, 2020 | 3.5 min read