People


Sarahi L. Garcia
SciLifeLab Fellow
Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Microbiology, Friedrich-Schiller University Jena
M.S. Bioengineering, University of Georgia
B.S. Biochemical engineer, Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila

I am committed to making science more inclusive. Moreover, I will support mentees and colleagues to reach their goals. Apart from scientist, I am also a mom, queer, expat, first-generation higher education and proponent for mental health, inclusion, equality and sustainability.




Julia Nuy
Postdoctoral Researcher

Ph.D. Microbiology, University of Duisburg-Essen
M.Sc. in Biodiversity, Ruhr-University Bochum and University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
B.Sc. in Biology, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

I am fascinated by science since I was a child. I loved to watch Star Trek seeing Jean Luc Picard discovering new planets and lifeforms, or BBC documentaries whit David Attenborough exploring the wild and Quarks&Co listening to Ranga Yogeshwar explaining physics. I dreamt of doing what they did and being a discoverer and scientist myself. Thirty years later, I am a microbial ecologist, but also a traveler, a gamer, a dancer, a cat lover and still a dreamer.




Justyna J. Hampel
Postdoctoral Researcher

Ph.D. Environmental Sciences, Wright State University
B.S. Biological Sciences, Wright State University

I am mesmerized by microbes and their role in biogeochemical cycling in all aquatic ecosystems from shallow lakes to deep sea sediments. I am interested in studying nitrogen and exploring how humans impact nitrogen cycle in the biosphere. I am also a swimmer, avid fantasy reader, rock music enthusiast, and traveler.


Alejandro Rodriguez Gijón
Doctoral Researcher

M. S. Ecology and Biodiversity Conservation, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos de Madrid.
B. S. Biology, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

I’m a PhD student from Spain obsessed with evolution and genetics. I love horror movies, Marvel superheroes, Eurovision and all types of video-games. As member of the LGTB+ community and first-gen, I want to make science available for everyone, promote mental health and fight for equality in its broad spectrum. If you don’t like the rules, make your own. We create our own beauty. We define our own success.



Fabian Bergland
M.S. student

I am originally a BSc marine biologist, but have ended up pursuing microbial ecology as a topic of my M.S. degree after I was fascinated by the intricacies of marine microbial communities and biogeochemical cycles. My speciality is that I don’t have one, and I tend to enjoy the holistic perspectives in biology. However, I am always excited to learn more about all the molecular techniques that provide science with data. In my spare time I enjoy learning about most things but biology, hangout with friends and family, spend time in nature and play football.

We can because we must!



Giulia Testa
Summer intern 2021


I’m a M.S. student in Molecular Techniques in Life Science, passionate about science and divulgation. I’m committed to environmental protection and mental health promotion. As a woman who is entering the STEM fields, I am putting all my effort to work on equal opportunities and inclusive science. I love to travel around the world, swimming, hiking and reading all sorts of books. Do not judge a book by its cover, but I would rather say judge it by its last sentences, thus I always read the end of the book before buying it (you can understand much more of the author by how he/she close the book).



Valentina Guccini
Guest Postdoctoral research

Posdoctoral researcher at Aalto University
Ph. D. Department of Environmental and Material Chemistry, Stockholm University
M. S. Chemical Science, Universitá degli Studi di Sassari
B.S. Chemistry, University degli Studi di Sassari

I started University thinking already to become a researcher and now I truly love being one, especially in an interdisciplinary context. My passion is to design materials with high performance, based on environmentally benign resources and processes. I am fascinated by how natural systems can account for so much complexity in such an effortless way. My ambition is to build a research community centered on honesty, empathy, and dialog, in which we all are welcome to express our talents. Creativity blooms when we feel good!