Originally from Spain, I completed my undergraduate degree in biology at the University of Granada. As part of that degree, I spent a year learning about genetics and laboratory animal science at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. During my time in Leuven, I obtained by first laboratory job under the guidance of Prof. Jan Geuns, developing sugar-reduced fillings for pralines and chocolate using Stevia. I returned to Granada to complete my Master's degree in Cellular and Molecular Immunology, and I got experience in mesenchymal stem cell culture and gene manipulation under Dr. Per Anderson's and Dr. Francisco Martin's supervision.
I then moved to the UK as a PhD candidate at Newcastle University developing genetic models for cystic fibrosis under Dr. Mike Gray's supervision. My PhD project was focused on the use of pluripotent stem cells and directed differentiation into lung cells for the study of cystic fibrosis. A DMM Travel Fellowship also gave me the opportunity to be trained on stem cells and lung differentiation by Dr. Amy Wong and Prof. Janet Rossant at The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada.
Following the award of my PhD, I accepted a position as a Research Fellow at Dr. Nick Hannan lab at the University of Nottingham to pursue an academic career in respiratory diseases.
Disease modelling. Stem cell culture. Genome-editing technologies.
The role of genetics in respiratory diseases. Our current research involves the use of pluripotent stem cells and 3D culture platforms for disease modelling.
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