I was born in Leon, Spain where I spent the first 23 years of my life of which the last 5 I spent doing a degree in Biotechnology. After graduating I moved to the UK with the support of a 3 month Erasmus Practice scholarship. Then I further expanded my laboratory skills with a research assistant position at the University of Warwick. Wanting to pursue my own research, I applied and was awarded a fully funded scholarship to study an MSc in Systems Biology. During the 1-year MSc I developed skills in modelling and programing as well as expanding experimental skills.
I then carried on with doctorate studies which I am currently finishing, in metabolism control of the deadliest malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum. This has been a multidisciplinary collaboration between the University of Warwick, the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) and the NMR centre of the University of Liverpool. During this time I also expanded my data analyst skills with online courses and gain fluency in the programming language R.
During the last months of my PhD a fruitful collaboration with Gibson lab brought us to explore the use of carbohydrates for malaria diagnostics. Excellent results have brought me to start as an Early Career Fellow in the group with the support of WAMIC, seeking new ways to tackle microbial resistance detection.
As a biotechnology graduate, my interests lie in application-based and translational biology. In particular I have always been passionate about biomedical research. Being part of pioneer research to tackle one of the current main health problems is a dream come true. Ultimately I am looking forward to develop methods that will be useful not only in the bench but also at the "point of care".
Volunteer Lecturer-Introduction to statistics in R (April-June 2015, LSTM). There was an interest on fellow PhD students to learn R and refresh stats knowledge. My colleague Arturas Grauslys and me decided to prepare some lecture with examples in R which we teach once a week. LSTM kindly provides the rooms and photocopying support.
Science mentoring and communication activity for A-level students (October 2014). At the NMR centre for Structural Biology at the University of Liverpool we prepared an Analytics day for a group of students of chemisty A-level. They were guided to perform simple experiments and familiarise with Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy.
30 Oct 2015 Metabolomics workshop. NMR Centre University of Liverpool. Oral communication: An introduction to univariate and multivariate analysis in metabolomics.
28 Jun-2 Jul 2015 11th International Conference of the Metabolomics Society. San Francisco. USA. Poster presentation. Blogger for the Biochemical Society.
24 Apr 2015 PGR meeting. Liverpool. Oral communication.
16-18 Apr 2015 British Society for Parasitology spring meeting. Liverpool. Poster presentation and organisation volunteer.
1-3 Sep 2014 Collaborative Computer Project for NMR national conference, Scarborough, UK. Poster presentation.
19-21 Mar 2014 Systems Biology DTC Annual Conference, Stratford Upon Avon, UK. Poster presentation.
14 Apr 2014 PGR meeting. Liverpool. Poster presentation
12-14 Jun 2013 Systems Biology DTC Annual Conference, Stratford Upon Avon, UK. Poster presentation.
16-17 May 2013 ID2 conference, UCL, London, UK. Poster presentation.
11-14 Jun 2012 Systems Biology DTC Annual Conference, York, UK. Poster presentation.
9-12 Jul 2008 Member of the organising committee of the III university conference of biotechnology. Head of the committee on tourism and activit
December 2015. Early Career Fellowship. University of Warwick.
July 2015. Spanish Researchers in the United Kingdom Travel Grant.
May 2015. Biochemical Society Travel Grant.
2011. Fully funded MSc and PhD. University of Warwick Scholarship.
Jun-Sep 2010. Erasmus Practice Scholarship Award. University of Leon.
3-7 August 2009. Course: The transgenics in our life, diet and agriculture. UIMP. Funded
Salcedo-Sora, J. E.,Caamano-Gutierrez E., Ward, S. A., Biagini, G. A. The proliferating cell hypothesis: a metabolic framework for Plasmodium growth and development. Trends Parasitol. 30, 170–175 (2014).
(In preparation:) Gant, M.S., Phelan, M.M, Grosman, R.,Caamano-Gutierrez, E., Madine, J. Using an NMR metabolomics approach to investiate the pathogenity of amyloid-beta and alpha-synuclein.
(1) Costa, L. M. et al. Central Cell–Derived Peptides Regulate Early Embryo Patterning in Flowering Plants. Science 344, 168–172 (2014).
(2) Costa, L. M. et al. Maternal control of nutrient allocation in plant seeds by genomic imprinting. Curr. Biol. 22, 160–165 (2012).
Some images worth sharing
Sea of nuclei and active membrane of P. falciparum infected erythrocytes (60X)
FITC labelled trophozoites (100X) [mature form of intra-erythrocytic P. falciparum]
Contact in Liverpool (preferable for correspondence):
Parasitology Department, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Pembroke Place, Liverpool, L3 5QA
Contact in Warwick:
Systems Biology DTC, University of Warwick, Top Floor Senate House Coventry, CV4 7AL
PhD in Metabolism control of the malaria parasite. University of Warwick and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. UK
MSc Systems biology. University of Warwick. UK
BSc Biotechnology. University of Leon. Spain.