Sara Federici

Sara 2Tell us about yourself
I come from Urbino, a small town of Central Italy, recently inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List; there I completed my doctoral studies in microbiology.

I moved for a postdoc position at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore – Piacenza, to work on gut microbiota composition with Professor Lorenzo Morelli and Dr. Marisa Callegari.

What is your role in RuminOmics?
Within the RuminOmics project I’m involved in studies about the microbial facies of the rumen, with particular focus on methanogenic Archaea. They produce methane that is responsible for the main part of the negative environmental impact of ruminant production. We are also collaborating in testing old and new parameters to be used as proxies to predict methane emissions from dairy cows.

What interested you most about the project?
The possibility to deal with a project with very ambitious goals and of great interest for the agricultural sector. The multi omic approach of the project seems to me very stimulating.

What and/or who inspired you to make a career in science?
I was inspired by Kary Mullis biography, and by some of the professors that I met at the University and that in some ways sowed in me seeds of scientific curiosity.

What do you enjoy most about the work?
Working in an international circuit with very well skilled senior colleagues, that helps me to keep an open and active mind, learning new things every day.

If you could travel in time would you go to the past or future and why?
Past is history, future is mystery, present is a gift, that is why it’s called the “Present”. … and I love gifts.