I am Christian Mandelli, hailing from the serene region nestled between Milan and the breathtaking Alps, known as "Brianza." Armed with a master's degree in Viticulture, I embarked on an invigorating journey when I joined our team in September 2020. My mission is to spearhead an innovative biopesticide technology aimed at mitigating the adverse impacts of the Grapevine Red Blotch Virus (GRBV).
From the very outset, my objectives have been sharply focused. I immerse myself in the intricate realm of Transcriptional and Post-transcriptional gene silencing events during the initial stages of GRBV infection in grapevines. My aim here is to identify potential "hotspots" within the viral genome that the plant's defense mechanisms selectively target, thereby effectively suppressing viral activity.
My objectives extends to unraveling whether these identified "hotspots" hold the key to alleviating the detrimental effects caused by the Red Blotch on grapevines. The tantalizing question driving my relentless research efforts is whether these genetic loci could potentially orchestrate a transformation of infected grapevines into resilient defenders against the Red Blotch Virus.
But my exploration doesn't stop there. I am also exploring the field of nanoparticles, particularly the fascinating realm of carbon dots. These minuscule wonders have the potential to revolutionize the deployment of dsRNA biopesticides, potentially ushering in a new era of safeguarding crops.
When I'm not diving into the intricacies of grapevine virology, I enjoy a variety of things that bring me joy. I love going for runs with my dog – it's not just a physical activity, but it also helps clear my mind. Hiking is another passion of mine, allowing me to find peace and inspiration in the beauty of nature's landscapes. I'm a big fan of reading scholarly scientific articles; I believe that continuous learning can truly transform us. Cooking is also a way for me to express my creativity.
Beyond my devotion to the captivating world of vines and viruses, I'm equally intrigued by human virology. Additionally, the synergy of machine learning and its myriad applications never fails to astound me, and I keenly monitor the ever-evolving landscape of stocks.
In essence, I am Christian Mandelli – a dedicated guardian of grapevines, an ardent lover of the outdoors, an insatiable seeker of knowledge, an adventurous culinary enthusiast, and an inquisitive mind fervently exploring the captivating domains of virology, technology, and finance.