My work philosophy

I believe that great ambitions in Science are always good ingredients for the perfect recipe of an excellent researcher as well as integrity, patience, determination, and high dedication.

I do my best to make my lab a productive and friendly environment, and I expect the same from all lab members. We don’t have rules related to work hours, holidays and so on; indeed, I believe that science success is based on freedom. However, I expect lab members to work very productively, treat everyone with respect, listen to others’ viewpoints and ideas, and ensure our group is a place where everybody feels welcome and appreciated. I see my relationship with students and postdocs as a partnership. Part of my job is to ensure people in the lab get the best opportunities to advance in their careers, particularly in academia.

I appreciate people free of mental barriers, including cultural and gender barriers. I love open-minded researchers that can genuinely desire to contribute to Science and the Society of the world. I love contributing to the scientific community with high-quality works published in high-impact factor journals, and I expect people in the lab to share the same desire.

My responsibilities with lab members:

  • Develop project ideas, including independent projects that can be taken with the postdoctoral fellows
  • Interpret results
  • Proof-read manuscripts
  • Discuss future career goals and plan ways to facilitate these goals
  • Meet at least weekly to discuss progress & pitfalls
  • Ensure funding
  • Ensure an extensive network of collaborations of excellence that can help with their future career goals

My expectations for lab members:

  • Prepare for our regular progress/pitfalls meetings and a follow-up email of progress and goals
  • Write and submit manuscripts under my supervision. On average, I expect from Ph.D. students two first-author papers and two co-author papers. This expectation can change for post-docs depending on the expertise and targeted journals.
  • Proof-read manuscripts from other lab members
  • Contribute to applying for external funding
  • Maintain a set of lab notes, including directories of data, annotated codes & versions, detailed methods
  • Participate in general lab responsibilities (servers, maintaining common areas, taking turns hosting visitors). Participate in talk rehearsals of your colleagues.
  • Present new ideas, suggest new potential collaborations, and be updated on the literature of the lab and the topics of interest of our group.

In my view, being a scientist is the best job in the world, and I feel fortunate. I hope to share the same feeling with the new generations of scientists.


If you are interested in working in our Lab, please send an email to Lucia Gemma Delogu (luciagemma.delogu@unipd.it) and let her know what type of work you are interested in. Please check our research page. We are seeking highly motivated candidates with a background in biology, ideal candidate should be able to work in team and to move for short research training in leading laboratories abroad (i.e. in USA, Qatar, Germany or China).