I pursued a PhD in Biomedicine in the Cell Cycle group directed by Dr. Ethel Queralt at the Cancer Biology and Epigenetics Department, in Barcelona (Spain). During my PhD, I made fundamental discoveries in the role of mitotic exit pathways in regulating proper chromosome segregation and cytokinesis in the well established model organism S. cerevisae. After my PhD, I decided to pursue a one-year postdoctoral opportunity focused on Plasmodium vivax malaria, which is considered a “neglected” human disease. I moved to the Tropical Medicine Foundation in Manaus (Amazonas, Brazil), where I worked in close collaboration with the Global Health Institute in Barcelona (Spain) as part of the Brazilian Science Without Borders Program. Under the supervision of Dr. Marcus Lacerda and Dr. Hernando del Portillo, I investigated the molecular causes of anemia in patients with Plasmodium vivax malaria. The project involved molecular analyses of bone marrow samples from malaria-infected patients. After my year in Brazil, I decided to pursue a postdoctoral fellowship that will enable me to learn the state-of-the-art molecular techniques applied to malaria research. I recently joined Dr. Elizabeth Egan’s laboratory at Stanford University, where I will build on my experiences in cell cycle research and malaria biology. For my research in the Egan lab I plan to focus on identifying and characterizing key molecular events that control the parasite cell cycle, with a particular focus on host factors that influence these events. The long-term goal of my research is to identify potential targets for new types of therapeutics to treat or prevent malaria.
Visiting Instructor/Lecturer, Pediatrics - Infectious Diseases
Honors & Awards
Postdoctoral fellowship, Research Support Foundation of the State of Amazonia (FAPEAM, Brazil) (2014)
Introduction to Next Generation Sequencing, Wellcome Trust Genome Campus EMBL-EBI (England) (2014)
FPU fellowship (PhD students and university trainees), Spanish government (2010)
University exchange fellowship, ERASMUS (2007)