I have been a member of the Villar's lab since 2016, when I joined the University of Cantabria as an assistant professor on Cell Biology and Histology. Simultaneously, I have been a postdoctoral researcher at Davis' lab from 2014-2019, when I joined after completing my PhD in Cell Biology in Cantabria (http://www.ilandavis.com/). I specialise in imaging techniques, particularly electron X-ray and super-resolution microscopy which has open the doors for cryo-correlative imaging.
Our lab specialises on fibrosis, so my current research main interest is a very heterogeneous systemic connective tissue disease -systemic sclerosis- of unknown aetiology with a wide spectrum of manifestations including exacerbated diffuse fibrosis. Nowadays, the classification used is not sufficient to determine the therapeutic strategy that should be used in a specific patient, at a particular moment of its evolution; therefore, the state of the art is the absence of an effective early diagnosis or treatment along with the difficulties to classify effectively these patients. This project is funded by IDIVAL (Next-Val grant) and I am truly excited about the translation between my field -basic cell biology- with clinical -pathological- approach.
Other research interest in our lab includes several projects with the fibrosis as the target and my background, and postdoc experience are also useful and provides me the really fulfilling experience of mentoring and collaborating with other groups in a really open and nice scientific environment.
Host group: Dra. Ana Villar
Instituto de Biomedicina y Biotecnología de Cantabria.
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