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Eduaro Olimpio

Masters & Casimir PhD student
(Feb. 2015 - Nov. 2016)
Data Scientist - Uber, Brazil   


Eduardo was a masters thesis student in our lab during February 2015 - July 2016, and then stayed in our lab until Nov. 2016 with the Casimir PhD grant to wrap up his masters thesis work. This work turned into a joint paper with Yiteng Dang (see list of publications below). Eduardo has returned to Brazil and is now a data scientist at Uber in Sao Paulo. The paragraph at the bottom was written by Eduardo when he joined our lab in 2015 for his masters thesis.

Publications of Eduardo Olimpio from our lab:

E. P. Olimpio*, Y. Dang* & H. Youk - (*Co-first authors)
Statistical dynamics of spatial-order formation by communicating cells
iScience (Research Article) (April 2018)
   research article + Supp. Info (.pdf)   

E. P. Olimpio, D. R. Gomez-Alvarez & H. Youk
Progress towards design principles of multicellular systems
in Systems Biology - Wiley Advanced Biotechnology series (March 2017)

About Eduardo, in his own words (written at the time he joined our lab in 2016)

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.