Vicky Schneider

Favourite Thing: think! observe! and brainstorm with others! Answer a question that generates many others.



1st year Primary school in Brazil (Rio), 2nd Year in Punda del Este (Uruguay), then back to Brazil where I lived for a while and started highschool that I completed with one year in Spain in between and last two years in Rome, Italy where I did the Scientific Liceum (Maturita Scientifica)


I got my degree on Biological Sciences from the Univeristy of Rome, Italy (1999) and my PhD in evolutionary biology and Animal Ecology from the University of Leiden (Netherlands) in 2003

Work History:

Between my PhD, two postdocs, field work trips and my previous job at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) I worked in several places: Rome (IT), Leiden (NL), Lyon, Cote d’Azur (F), Zurich (CH), Mwanza (TZ), Algarve (PT), Cambridge and Norwich (UK) and who knows where next…

Current Job:

I lead the 361° Division (on Scientific Training, Education and Learning) and I am part of the Institute Senior Management Team.


The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC)

Me and my work

Passionate about building communities, working and engaging with others and bridging the gap between biologists and computational scientists.

My Typical Day

mug of coffee, lots of meetings with great people, enthusiasm and puzzling questions.

What I'd do with the money

I’ll use it to make some funky video’s about what we do and addressing the questions and discussion that came out from this forum (and a doodle book too ;-))

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

passionate, joyful and determined.

Who is your favourite singer or band?

I love music, eclectic music taste from Foo Figthers, to Pharrel Williams, Guetta and Vivaldi.

What's your favourite food?

Italian! I love pizza, pasta and gelato (stracciatella).

What is the most fun thing you've done?

travel around, play in a band (long time ago) and sing with my daugther.

What did you want to be after you left school?

was quite confused, I enrolled to study psychology, then foreign languages and finally biological sciences :-) I wanted to be one of those people that spend hours looking at animals :-)

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

ehm, sometimes…

What was your favourite subject at school?

biology and chemistry.

What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

inspire others and supported my students…

What or who inspired you to become a scientist?

my passion for nature and animals coupled with watching Sir D. Attenborough and Jacques Cousteau documentaries. Probably also growing up in Brazil surrounded by wonderful nature and creatures helped too…

If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?

an explorer, travel expert for lonely planet guides…or maybe a food taster around the world…

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

to stay healthy, to be a good mum and to have a house with lots of land for animals

Tell us a joke.

oups, I’m not good at this, but have help so here it is: “what do you call cheese that it’s not yours? nacho cheese”

Other stuff

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