Alicante attracts the talent of two researchers who receive a grant from the Fundación la Caixa


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The La Caixa Foundation has awarded 65 doctoral scholarships to researchers who will carry out their projects at leading universities and research centers in Spain and Portugal. In this way, the entity supports young talent and promotes innovative and high-quality research in the Iberian Peninsula. Among the winners, there are two excellent young people, who are offered an attractive environment to carry out their projects, in this case in Alicante centers.

Eduardo Fernandez Ortuno has received his scholarship to pursue a Doctorate in Neurosciences, at the Institute of Neurosciences. Eduardo was born in San Javier (Murcia Region). In addition to the neurosciences, his main biological interest has always been more related to the evolutionary biology of development (evo-devo), in how cells are organized during development to generate complicated structures and a great variety of organisms, all orchestrated, finally, by the genomes, and the changes they have undergone throughout evolution.

The reason for choosing this research group is the particular case of brain and how it comes to form, a question that he considers exciting.

Before starting my doctorate, I had studied Biotechnology on the Polytechnic University of Valencia, and spent a year in Strasbourg. He then decided to go to Leiden University to pursue a master’s degree in evolutionary biology. He spent the second year of his master’s degree in Dresden at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, where he used human and chimpanzee brain organoids to explore the role of specific human genes in the proliferation of neural progenitors. Also, in 2017 he spent the summer working in Yellowstone NP.

For its part, Amalia Tzoumpa He has obtained a scholarship to pursue a Doctorate in Molecular and Cellular Biology, at the Institute of Health and Biomedical Research of Alicante (ISABIAL). Born in Greece, is a research biologist with two years of professional experience in translational academic research. During and after the degree studies, he had the opportunity to gain experience working in different laboratories in Europe in cutting-edge research fields. This experience encouraged her to pursue doctoral studies abroad. Until now, he has worked on several academic and industrial projects, in which he has focused on investigating the role of the immune system in the pathogenesis of cancer. His last research experience, which lasted two and a half years, was in Center for Cancer Biology VIB-KU in Leuven (Belgium).

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