I am originally from Barcelona, and my wish to be part of the scientific community started very long time ago, when I first had in school a subject called “expanded biology”. From this first thoughts I jumped to study Pharmacy at UCM, Madrid. During my degree, I took the opportunity to make an internship at the Institute of Physiology of the Czech academy of sciences (CAS), department of Neurochemistry, in Prague. This was my first time getting in touch with real research and animal work, and I knew that I wanted to experience much more of it after my degree. And so, I did. Right after the last final exam, I took a flight to start a new adventure. I spent two years in Germany, working at the Cardiovascular pharmacology lab at ISAS Dortmund (Leibniz Institute for Analytical sciences). There, I worked towards the understanding of the role of ERK1/2 dimmer interface across different malignancies.

After, I found the group of Hematooncology at the institute of molecular genetics (IMG) in Prague, led by Meritxell Alberich Jorda. My interest for basic research and the international and supportive work environment that this group provides, led me to apply for a PhD position, and to move to Prague again. Right now, I am very glad I took this opportunity and I am very excited to develop my project, which I briefly explain after this introduction. I consider myself lucky to have had the opportunity to take a glimpse at different fields of research in the last years. I believe that I have learned from these previous experiences, and that they will help me in my recently started PhD.

I am as well very excited to be part of Enhpathy, a vibrant and collaborative community that will broaden even more the possibilities of learning what research offers. I believe that Enhpathy has created the perfect environment to share our knowledge and to support one another. Looking forward to what’s next to come!

My research project

Chronic inflammation represents a trigger for constantly active immune system and overproduction of cytokines and chemokines. This condition can promote several pathologies, such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular conditions, cancer, and dementia. Recently, we observed that chronic inflammation affects hematopoiesis, and in particular hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) function. The aim of this thesis is to analyze transcriptome changes and epigenome modifications in HSCs during chronic inflammation. CMO mouse strain (model of bone inflammatory disease) will be used as a model of chronic inflammation. This mouse model contains a point mutation in Pstpip2 gene resulting in the absence of Pstpip2 protein. Mice lacking Pstpip2 develop chronic multifocal osteomyelitis (CMO), a disorder that resembles human recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis. Hallmarks of this mouse model are sterile inflammatory lesions in the bones and surrounding soft tissues mainly in hind paws and tails, and a certain degree of skin inflammation.

To accomplish our aims, sequencing techniques such as ATAC-seq, ACT-seq, reduced representation bisulfite sequencing, and RNA-seq will be employed. Our results will determine chromatin accessibility, changes in histone modifications and DNA methylation, and changes in gene expression profile. The results of this project will contribute to a better understanding into the mechanisms driving the development of chronic inflammation, and might open new venues for the development of novel therapies.

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