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Dr. Sara Pannilunghi

Senior Scientific Editor

About Sara

Sara is a Pharmacist who is pursuing her Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry and Biochemistry. From a very young age, she was passionate about storytelling and performing arts such as dancing and acting. As time passes, she became more conscious of the power of words and she discovered how the passion for writing and her curiosity towards chemistry could reconcile. As a scientist, she is now happy to contribute to the discovery of new small molecules for the treatment of chronic inflammatory disorders. As a writer, she is still strongly convinced that a good story can heal even the deepest wounds.

Sara is the editor of 5 Breaks:

Child masking prevents childcare closure during the COVID-19 pandemic

Masking, a common SARS-CoV-2 risk mitigation strategy, is controversial for children in educational settings such as childcare. A prospective survey of early childcare workers demonstrated that child masking was associated with a significant reduction in COVID-19 program closure, highlighting potential benefits of child masking in keeping childcare open, parents employed, and children learning.

Dec 26, 2022 | 4 min read
Watching the death of a distant galaxy

Galaxies’ gas is the fuel to form new stars. The formation process stops when galaxies run out of this fuel. However, the mechanisms that cause a galaxy to run out of gas are not yet clear. We discovered a galaxy that is ejecting a large fraction of its gas, and that will quickly stop forming new stars. This ejection has likely been produced by the collision between two galaxies.

May 4, 2022 | 4 min read
Postcards from the past: how a fossil tree can picture the Peruvian Andes ten million years ago

Fossil plants found in the Peruvian Andes revealed a dramatic tale of past environmental change. This transformation was a response of the rapid mountain uplift that occurred millions of years ago in this region. These findings underscore the fundamental role that the Andean uplift play shaping South American past, present and future climate.

Apr 13, 2022 | 4 min read
Rethinking priorities in conservation planning to tackle the biodiversity crisis

Freshwater ecosystems are the most threatened in the world yet hardly considered in conservation planning. We show that current conservation efforts focused on terrestrial biodiversity do not guarantee protection for freshwater species. However, the solution is not far away: integrated terrestrial-freshwater conservation substantially improves freshwater protection without undermining terrestrial species.

Nov 19, 2021 | 3 min read
The crocodile that crossed an ocean

The study of a forgotten crocodile skull collected in Libya back in 1939 suggests that the extinct Crocodylus checchiai may be the link between the Nile and the American crocodiles. This discovery would support the hypotheses of crocodiles’ journey across the ocean from Africa to America.

Aug 27, 2021 | 3.5 min read