27.01.2020: Meet Maria Giustina Rotordam - Employee interview
Tell us your story- how did your path lead you to Nanion Technologies?
Well, I started working at Nanion four years ago as a PhD candidate for a Marie Curie programme. At the time I was unsure about my future, but I knew for sure that I wanted to make a contribution to science, more specific- within the fields of both ion channels and diseases. I mean, because Nanion combines a constant strive for innovation and focuses strongly on research, I knew it was the right place for me to start.
I had been introduced to the fascinating world of patch clamp electrophysiology whilst pursuing my bachelor’s degree in Florence. It was there that I learned the conventional patch-clamp technique in Prof. Arcangeli’s lab, whom I thank for transmitting to me the passion to pursue medical field research and for opening my eyes and my heart to lean towards more European and international scenarios. I used this knowledge to apply for a position at Nanion and got the opportunity to join a great family. For that and for all the fantastic things I have learned in the past four years, I will forever be very grateful!
As of March 2019, I am currently part of the SyncroPatch team as an Application Scientist. I am truly happy to have this new role and I look forward to what the future holds for me!
Giustina was raised in a small village in Puglia (a region south east of Italy), but she is not scared to learn about german traditions. Quite the contrary: she obviously has great fun discovering our german habits: Here, you see Giustina experiencing snow for the first time in the german Alps‘, enjoying her travel to Berlin, and even presenting herself in a ‚Dirndl‘ (a typically traditional Bavarian dress) to visit the Oktoberfest in Munich.
Knowing what you know now, what 3 pieces of advice would you give your 21-year-old self?
- Believe in you, be self-confident! People will appreciate you for what you are, your honesty and warmth.
- Do not seek for perfection, do not punish yourself for what you lack or what you do not know, yet focus on what you already have to share.
- Take your time to relax, have a break and enjoy the little moments. You always deserve it!
One Last Question- what’s the coolest thing about your job?
As an Application Scientist, my days are quite different and never boring. I have different tasks ranging from developing targeted assays for collaboration research projects to supporting customers, testing newly built devices and evaluating both hardware and software upgrades. I will have to say that the coolest thing about my job is the learning part. Depending on the task, almost every other day, I learn something new about the relevance of ion channels for a particular function within the body or a specific disease, or I get to master new features on the system which may turn out to be helpful for future tasks. I also enjoy being in contact with our clients, showing them the capabilities of the device and providing them with the necessary tools to reach their greatest goals.