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     Date Submitted:11-10-2012
     Last Modified:11-10-2012 (09:56)
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     Current job:Scientist
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations
     KeywordsExcellent communication skills and teamwork capacity. Enthusiastic and versatile.






    Availability:               Immediate

    Professional experience

    05.2012 – 08.2012

    Visiting researcher – Crew Medical Support Office, European Space Agency (ESA) - European Astronaut Centre (EAC), Cologne (Germany)

    ·         A review of space technology transfer for terrestrial healthcare benefit to outline strong, factual examples of effective and beneficial technology transfer from space to terrestrial biomedical and life science sectors, supporting EAC Medical Projects & Technology Staff in liaising with ESA Life Sciences Division to coordinate health related projects. All this with the aim toidentify how to define a good space spin-off, and to analyse how to best spin off space technologies, considering the cost/benefit ratio, management, marketing and business implications as well as the legal and ethical issues to improve the spin-off process in the future.

    ·         Concept for a novel space radiation shielding system to propose a scientific and technological research project in the human spaceflight radiation protection field, with the aim to develop a novel spacecraft, space suit and planetary living modules shielding system against space radiation, using new biomaterials also able to provide life support systems.

    Attend team meetings and teleconferences covering: ESA human spaceflight new technology and policy reports, Concordia Antarctica research base monitoring and report, 16th NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) report, budget, etc.



    03.2010 – 04.2011

    Laboratory researcher for the VITAL lymphomas research project –National Cancer Research Centre – IRCCS “Centro di Riferimento Oncologico”, Aviano (PN) (Italy)

    Development of recombinant idiotypic vaccines for “subset-specific” immunotherapy of HIV-related B-cell lymphoproliferations to develop therapeutic vaccines targeting B cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (B-NHL) idiotype allowing the treatment and the better clinical control of a relatively broad spectrum of B cell lymphoproliferations, also including a proportion of HIV related NHLs, with a lower toxicity than conventional therapies.  

    Attend meetings, teleconferences and participation in journal clubs covering: space life sciences, immunology, oncology, etc.



    09.2008 – 12.2008

    Research intern – Pharmaco-chemical department “E. Quagliariello”, University of Bari (Italy)


    Study, development, chemical synthesis and biological evaluation of drug compounds to find and produce new bisphosphonate drugs to inhibit the activity of the metalloproteinase enzymes for the treatment of osteoporosis and bone cancer.




    09.2011 – 08.2012

    M.Sc. in Space Studies – International Space University (ISU) (Strasbourg, France)


    Honors: European Space Agency (ESA) scholarship

    Individual project: “Influence of gravity on the size-mass illusion”, ESA 2012 Solicited Proposal Application for Access to Parabolic Flight (accepted)

    Team project: “EC2LIPSE – Exploring Climate Change Langrangian Point 1 Solution for Earth”, presented at the 63rd International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Naples. Role: team leader



    10.2008 – 12.2010

    M.Sc. in Medical Biotechnologies and Molecular Medicine – University of Bari (Italy)


    Experimental thesis title: “Development of recombinant idiotypic vaccines for “subset-specific” immunotherapy of HIV-related B-cell lymphoproliferations”. Grade: 110/110 cum laude



    10.2005 – 12.2008

    B.Sc. in Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnolgies – University of Bari (Italy)


    Experimental thesis title: “4-methoxy-benzensulfanilamminemethyl-1,1-bisphosphonate: Synthesis and biological evaluation of a new matrix metalloproteinases inhibitor”. Grade: 110/110 cum laude



    09.2000 – 07.2005

    A level– Scientific High School “Galileo Galilei” – Bitonto (BA) (Italy). Grade: 100/100


    Language skills



    native (mother tongue)









    Other languages:

    Reading skills

    Writing skills

    Speaking skills











    14 years studied + 1 year ISU and EAC English studies and working environments


    Very good

    Very good

    Very good

    4 years studied + 9 months lived in France + French language diploma of the University of Strasbourg





    2 years lived in Germany


    Social skills and competences


    Computer skills

    High level user in MS–Windows/Office/Project, internet, e–mail

    Medium level user in operating systems: Linux, McOS

    Medium level user in programming environments: STK



    Technical skills

    Hands-on skills in: Molecular biology, microbiology, genetic engineering, bioengineering techniques, and bioinformatics tools.

    Space Life Sciences experimental design and implementation.



    Social and organizational skills

    Versatility, initiative, enthusiasm, sense of duty, great determination in achieving goals, dynamism, excellent communication skills and teamwork capacity

    Teamwork: team projects at the International Space University, laboratory research in the Bio-immunotherapy research group at the National Cancer Research Centre – Centro di Riferimento oncologico, amateur football, volleyball, basketball player and snowshoeing

    Intercultural: worked as member of international and interdisciplinary teams at the International Space University, and ESA – European Astronaut Centre


    Driving license B1 (European). Since 2004

    Hobbies in sports practice, reading, films, writing, and travelling

    Great interest in Material Sciences, new Biomaterials and Technologies, and Space Life Sciences





    1.       D. Martorelli, E. Muraro, K. Mastorci, E. Comaro, L. Surdo, E. Pasini, D. Faé, R. Dolcetti. Development of optimized recombinant idiotypic vaccines for subset specific immunotherapy of B cell lymphomas (submitted to the Clinical Cancer Research Journal)


    Research proposal

    1.       G. Clément, L. Surdo (2012). Influence of gravity on the size-mass illusion. ESA Solicited Proposal Application for Access to Parabolic Flight. International Space University, Strasbourg (accepted)


    Additional information


    International Space University Alumni




    Dr. Stefano Fiorilli, Head of the Human Spaceflight & Satellites Procurement Division, European Space Agency, e-mail:

    Prof. Gilles Clément, Professor of Space Medical Sciences, International Space University, Strasbourg, France, e-mail:

    Dr. Simon Evetts, Wyle GmbH, Medical Projects and Technology Lead - Crew Medical Support Office (HSO-UM) – European Astronaut Centre. e-mail:

    Dr. Riccardo Dolcetti, M.D. Director Unit of Cancer Bioimmunotherapy, Centro di Riferimento Oncologico, Aviano (PN), e-mail:

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