About us


Open Wet Lab (O.W.L.) is a student association founded in 2013 at the University of Trento with the specific purpose to promote and encourage the access to the biotechnologies and spread the public awareness of science.

The idea was born after the experience of the iGEM 2012 team, which established a forst contact with the world of the Do-It-Yourself biology, also known as ” biohacking“. Our model is La Paillasse, one of the biggest and most important biohacker spaces in Europe: La Paillasse is an interdisciplinary laboratory open to anybody who wants and needs to perform open-source research projects.

Despite being only at the beginning of its activity, O.W.L has positively grown since its foundation and today it can count 44 members, most of whom has a background in the biotechnology or biology field (students and graduates).

 

Elisabetta Sommadossi

I have concluded my third year at BSc in Biomolecular Sciences and Technology at the University of Trento and my experience in OWL began two years ago. For this year, while chasing my “BSc in Biotechnology” level, I have decided to put my lab coat and my pipettes aside and start working at “Villaggio SOS” in Trento. However, I do my best to give my contribution to OWL, whose strength comes from its upright and gutsy members.

Nicola Fattorelli
Nicola Fattorelli

Adopted from Trentino’s mountains 4 years ago, I am currently running after my second Graduation Diploma in Biotechnology. I study neurodegeneration onset and development to understand it properly. What moves me is a fertile mixture of fascination and dread. I have proudly covered the vice-chairmanship role in OWL for two mandates: knowledge has no value if not shared and free. I like to see OWL as a stage for many plays. The common point in these plays is doubtless the passion that moves the actors on OWL’s stage, which shines with pride to my eyes creating a harmonious plot. Open Wet Lab is, indeed, a story to tell.

I would ask Santa Claus to give me 24 more hours a day: there are still too many books to be read and places to be visited. I’ll offer you a coffee if you tell me your story. My story here is OWL.

Davide Visintainer
Davide Visintainer

Graduated from BSc in Biomolecular Sciences and Technology at University of Trento, Italy. Enrolled at MSc in Biotechnology at ETH-Zürich. As the other OWLers living abroad, I’m glad to do my bit in an association I really believe in. At the moment, I write some articles and, in my spare time, I am into the organization of new possible projects and activities

Elisa Garulli
Elisa Garulli

I have been a very proud president of Open Wet Lab. Graduated from BSc in Biomolecular Sciences and Technology at the University of Trento, now I am hardworking in Switzerland at MSc in Biotechnology at ETH-Zürich. My passion is synthetic biology, and my mission is to create a tuned cross-talk between plasmids and magnetic fields.

My long-cherished dream is to find a base for OWL.

Dennis Pedri
Dennis Pedri

After five years in Trento, an internship in Stockholm and two degrees in Biotechnology, I moved to Flemish heathlands for my PhD, chasing the dream to become a researcher in the Oncology sector. I am one of the six founder members of OWL, and every day I am full of pride seeing how big OWL and its achievements have become along these years. I covered the vice-censorship and board of directors member roles and now I will do my best to contribute from abroad.

Elisa Gabassi
Elisa Gabassi

I graduated from BSc in Biomolecular Sciences and Technology at the University of Trento, and now I am enrolled at MSc in Cellular and Molecular Biotechnology at the same firm. I got involved in OWL during my very first academic year and, from then, I have been proud to see our association growing sensibly thanks to the devotion and enthusiasm that its members always have.  For the current year, I am the secretary of OWL and I deal with its administration and management. I love participating in the various events meant to promote OWL and, importantly, to entertain adult and young people with our passion for science.

Giorgia Tosoni
Giorgia Tosoni

I graduated in Biomolecular Sciences and Technologies at the University of Trento and I currently attend the Master in Molecular Biotechnology, specializing in Neurobiology. It’s been four years since OWL came up side by side with books, sports and travels to be part of my interests. I personally handle the management of the Facebook page and of the website, I write articles and I organize social activities to strengthen the team building attitude of the OWLers!

Lorenzo Povolo
Lorenzo Povolo

After my graduation at BSc in Biomolecular Sciences and Technology at the University of Trento, I am currently enrolled at MSc in Biology – Molecular Biology and Genetics at University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Here, I am interested in the tremendously complex mechanisms that regulate carcinogenesis. Working in this sector would be my highest aim for my future as a researcher. Proud member of OWL, I was also a member of the board of directors for one year. Here, I was responsible for networking with institutions, associations and organizations on a regional basis, promoting OWL’s participation in public events. Now, I can contribute with ideas, opinions and, sometimes, I write articles. Personally, impassioning and triggering the interest of young minds for science has been – and is nowadays – one of my most important aims.

Lucrezia Ferme
Lucrezia Ferme

I obtained my Bsc degree at the University of Milan in Medical Biotechnology and I am currently in Trento to attend the Master in Molecular Biotechnology. I literally run after thousands of interests and projects, being OWL one of the them – and for sure, one of the best. Since the time I joined this association, I contributed by writing articles and organizing events and divulgative conferences, besides enjoying the company of the other OWLers!

Emma Dann
Emma Dann

After three years and a degree in Trento, I am one of the many migratory owls as I have decided to continue my studies in Utrecht in the Netherlands. Now, I am interested in big problems such as the complexity of the human genome or computational biology, but I started by watching Superquark like all the others and I do believe in the importance of scientific divulgation. For this reason, I take care of keeping active OWL’s editorial board.

Erica Venuti
Erica Venuti

I am a third-year bachelor student in Biomolecular Sciences and Technologies at the University of Trento. This is my second year as an OWLer and I am in charge of keeping in contact with a wide network of associations here in Trentino. The aim is to bring OWL to local fairs, school laboratories, events and explain simple DIY experiments that could stimulate curiosity both in adults and in children… To show how Science is timeless and for everybody!

Giacomo Antonello
Giacomo Antonello

After having graduated in Biomolecular Sciences and Technologies, I chose Wageningen, in the Netherlands, to get a further specialization in Food and Industrial Biotechnologies. OWL is an amazing adventure that still drives me to explore and improve myself every day: organizational, relational and creativity-driven skills are part of what I acquired in the last few years with this association. I currently manage the Facebook platform and I write articles from time to time.

Filippo Guerra
Filippo Guerra

After having obtained my Bsc degree in Biomolecular Sciences and Technologies in Trento, I migrated away in the Netherlands to specialize into the so-called “green biotechnologies”. Specifically, I study insect biology and new strategies to stop the expansion of damaging species.  I had been one of OWL presidents’, but now I mainly contribute to the association by writing articles and giving advices. Honestly, I hope that Piero Angela and David Attenborough will live enough to let me take their place.

Chiara Baggio
Chiara Baggio
Vice-president

At present, I am a second-year Bachelor student in Biomolecular Sciences and Technologies at the University of Trento. My first year with OWL has been a great opportunity to put me to test and get to know better not only more scientific topics, but also so many interesting people! I have been involved – and I am still involved – in the management of the Facebook page and in the organization of several events. If you want have a chat, you can always find me at one of our next events!

Emanuele Cattani
Emanuele Cattani
President

I’m proudly the fourth president of OWL, and in this vest, I aim to lead this fantastic association ahead with its philosophy, that is the Do-It-Yourself Biology. I have been responsible for the biohacking section of OWL, that deals with the development of scientific DIY projects and activities. Moreover, I am an author of few articles explaining and clarifying the news in the international scientific panorama. I am currently enrolled at BSc in Biomolecular Sciences and Technology at the University of Trento, after a one-year Erasmus exchange at University of Lübeck, Germany.