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Eduaro Olimpio

PhD student   


I grew up in a typical small town on a Brazilian country side. Close to my house, there were several crops and some native forest that was crossed by a river in which I used to swim. The nights there were pretty dark and I liked to spend my time looking at the stars and the moon. In this environment, the fascination for Nature has been part of me since I remember myself as a child. During high school, I had an excellent Physics teacher that introduced me to how exciting it is to uncover Nature's mysteries through physical experiments. This led me to obtaining a Bachelor degree in Physics. During my bachelors, I met a (now) close friend that have shown me the "Cosmos" by Carl Sagan and I was impressed by his lines on how life and its origins are intimately connected to the Universe. At that point I was convinced that I should migrate my focus from Bose-Einstein Condensation (the topic of my Bachelor's thesis) to something related to life. Lacking research opportunities on this topic in my home university in Brazil, I decided to experience life outside academia and shifted towards industrial R&D and, later, to finance and economics. However, in the beginning of 2014, I decided that it was time to fulfill my desire of learning more about life and, long story short, I ended up in the Bionanoscience department here in Delft. In the Youk lab, I will now have the chance to apply my background in physics to answer some deep questions about how living systems work, as part of the mankind's pursuit of revealing the "laws" of life.