Miss Beatriz Álvarez Rodríguez

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During my Biochemistry studies at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) I had the opportunity to work at the Centro de Biología Molecular Severo Ochoa in Madrid, where I studied the translational control of viruses supervised by Dr. Iván Ventoso. Keeping on with the research on infectious diseases, I took part in a project based on the in vitro activities of the agent Bedaquiline in non-tuberculous mycobacteria within the Erasmus+ programme, supervised by Prof. Peter Van Damme and Dr. Anandi Martin at the LM-UGent (Belgium). Subsequently,

I decided to start a MSc in Molecular Nanoscience and Nanotechnology coordinated by the Universitat de València in 2016. During this period, I did my master thesis at IMDEA-nanoscience institute under the supervision of Dr. Álvaro Somoza with a grant funded by the UAM. My work there was focused on the development of gold-based nanostructures for uveal melanoma treatment.

Research interests

My PhD project as a Marie Sklodowska Curie Research Fellow in the University of Leeds combines the two areas of research I'm spezialized in: infectious diseases and nanotechnology. My research is going to be focused on the study of viral proteins to further develop nanosensors to detect them in biological samples. We will concentrate our work on the nucleocapsid protein of negative single stranded RNA zoonotic viruses. After protein synthesis and purification, we aim to do structural analysis using electron microscopy and crystallographic techniques.

Additionally, we will raise antibodies and Affimers targeted to these proteins to use them as the detecting components of our nanosensor systems. These studies will help to a better understanding of the biology of zoonotic viruses and will lead to a rapid detection system of emerging viruses, which is a critical component of disease surveillance and management.

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://biologicalsciences.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>

Qualifications

  • MSc Molecular Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
  • BSc Biochemistry