The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding

Leonardo Da Vinci

I am Valentina, an artist and scientist based in Seattle.

I love light-matter interactions. That’s why I spent my Ph.D. working on optical tweezers at the University of Dundee. Or like I called it somewhere on this website, being a space pirate!

I have also worked as an instrumentation scientist at the Advanced Bioimaging Center at the University of Berkeley, proud to having contributed in pushing the boundaries of light microscopy. I finally moved to Seattle, where I work as research scientist at a small company in the field of electro-optics modulation and fiber optics.

Besides doing science, I also love talking about science. That’s why I spend my free time to communicate science through art. With my drawings and illustrations I want to communicate the beauty I see in physics, and in science in general, in a format that everyone can understand at an intuitive and instinctive level.

If I have any free time left, I travel: I lived in 5 different countries and visited more than 20. I am always happy to relax cozying up with my cat Po, or discussing absurd ideas over a beer with friends and interesting new people.