After completing his master as a pharmaceutical chemist, Roberto grasped the opportunity to go and work within the Mesa+ institution. ‘At that time I had a strong desire to perform my PhD abroad, in a different kind of research field, developing new skills. The position at Mesa+ was a very good opportunity to do so, and it certainly did meet my expectations. I was especially impressed by the facilities present here, together with the technical support I got.’
At this very moment Roberto is working as a post-doc in the Nanopill 2.0 project, led by Mesa+ professor Albert van den Berg. The concept here contains a small chip which is built in a pill, to be swallowed by a patient.
Roberto: ‘The pill is able to take in bodily fluids and analyze DNA sequences. Three different groups within Mesa+ work on this project, each with their own devices. Functionalizing the surfaces and attaching catalysts may favor protein interactions. This is an important research topic all the way through.
‘After my post-doc I prefer working within industry, as striving for an academic career is quite competitive these days. I would like to work on this kind of devices in pharmaceutics, hoping to combine my skills as a ‘classical chemist’ and a fluid dynamics engineer, at micro and nano scale levels.’