English-born, Matthew Bottomley currently lives and works in Rome, Italy. His research at the Istituto di Ricerche di Biologia Molecolare focuses on biophysical studies of protein structures involved in chromatin structure or transcription. The young researcher's first post-doctoral position at EMBL in Heidelberg was supported by an EMBO Long-Term Fellowship.
Asked to elaborate on the inspiration behind his text, Bottomley commented that he had long been looking for an appropriate medium to communicate this fascinating story. "It was really my brother-in-law who gave me the James Bond idea. After hearing the whole bizarre story of the glowing squid, his immediate response was that it sounded like a scene from a James Bond film. That was it James Pond was born and it was then a race against time (very Bond-like) to write the article before the deadline expired!"
The prize and award of 1,500 Euro will be presented to the winner at the EMBO Members Meeting in October of this year.