A long-standing expat and a scientist at heart, Nicola is a mathematician with a varied range of interests touching several scientific disciplines and arts as well. Although what initially drove him to science was an interest in astronomy, physics, and exact sciences in general, since 2011 he has gradually developed an ever-growing curiosity about biology, genetics, and evolution. This new passion arose from a somewhat sudden ‘discovery’ of the ageing process: Although he of course already knew that every human being is apparently doomed to frailty, disease, and death past a handful of decades of life, he had somehow neglected this obvious fact until some life events made it obvious. This realisation led to another, unexpected and exciting discovery: Not only an ever-increasing number of scientists consider biological ageing as a pathological process amenable to medical intervention, but some of them have already come up with plans to put an end to age-related frailty and finally make one of the oldest dreams of humanity come true—the wisdom of age combined with the vigour of youth.
In particular, Nicola was inspired by the figure of dr. Aubrey de Grey, the most vocal and tenacious advocate of rejuvenation biotechnologies aimed at rejuvenating the human body. After reading de Grey’s book Ending Aging in 2014, Nicola decided to become an activist and launched his advocacy website Rejuvenaction, whose goal is explaining in very simple terms what biological ageing is and how science may put an end to it, as well as addressing the concerns of those who fear defeating ageing might have adverse effects on people’s live or society.
Since 2016, Nicola is a volunteer for the Life Extension Advocacy Foundation, a nonprofit advocating for rejuvenation science and crowdfunding basic scientific research to speed up the coming of future rejuvenation biotechnologies. In the future, he would like to get a second master’s degree, in biology.
He also writes on his personal blog from time to time and works on his own free science fiction ebook series—again, when time allows.