Meet F-Star

Ioannis Diamantopoulos

Research Associate

Which Cambridge do you work from?

I work out of our Cambridge, UK site.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I come from a little coastal city in Greece called Porto Rafti. Since I was a teenager, I was inspired by a video game character to become a research scientist and thus to achieve my dream, I came to the UK in 2012. I earned my BSc in biomedical Science at the University of Warwick, then served in the Hellenic Airforce for one year and finally got my MSc in Microbiology from the University of Aberdeen. Since then, I have been working in biotech for almost 2 years now.

What’s your role at the company?
My role is very heavily lab based, working on a variety of early-stage projects in order to provide experimental data and to test ideas for the company’s internal drug discovery pipeline. At the same time, I am usually trying to improve on existing protocols and processes to make them more efficient.

What are you working on currently?
I am mostly working on early drug discovery projects.

How would you describe the F-star culture?

Very warm and welcoming with an atmosphere of flexibility and trust. Everyone is more than willing to go the extra mile to help and support each other.

What do you enjoy most about the F-star culture?

My favorite thing about the F-star culture is probably the work flexibility and trust.
The fact that I feel I am trusted to make my own choices with my work and that my opinion is valued and taken into consideration.

In addition to that, the flexibility of my working hours, has allowed me to work on my most productive hours, while I have the ability to pursue other personal goals and hobbies giving me a great work life balance.

Who had the greatest influence on you in your career?

J.R.R. Tolkien

What do you enjoy most about your work at F-star?

I would probably say the science and the responsibility of my role. I am constantly challenged and pushed to think and find the most optimal solutions to the problems I encounter. I am called to find novel ways to approach current procedures and try to adapt them for any situation that might occur. At the same time, the nature of my work gives me the opportunity to be involved in a variety of research fields which provides a more holistic understanding and encourages me to study the biology behind these processes. Finally, the fact that every day is unique, and repetition is very limited as each day brings new needs and hurdles to overcome.

What activities do you enjoy when you’re not working?

In my free time I usually mostly travel, spend time with my friends or go for long walks around Cambridge. Furthermore, I read philosophy, attend live classical/orchestral music events and compete in E-sports. I also quite enjoy playing board games and the occasional pub trip.