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Ana started her degree in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in 2012 at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), Spain. At the beginning of 2015, she was granted with a short-term scholarship for undergraduate students to collaborate in a project in the ALBA synchrotron (Barcelona), where she explored how to use synchrotron light to characterize materials. At the end of the same year, she moved to Australia for an exchange year at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), where she started her specialization in nanomedicine. It was in this University where she completed her bachelor thesis on the development of multi-functional nanoparticles for drug delivery and bio-imaging, under the supervision of Dr. Olga Shimoni and Dr. Dayong Jin. She graduated from her studies at the beginning of 2017 and decided to broaden her knowledge about other applications of nanomaterials in medicine before starting with her master’s degree. She first joined Dr. Laura Lechuga’s team, the Biosensing Group at the Catalonian Institute of Nanotechnology (ICN2)(Barcelona), where she would work in the detection and quantification of biomolecules using sensors based on a physical phenomenon called surface plasmon resonance; then she would have the opportunity to join the International Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL) summer internship program (Braga, Portugal), to work in the optimization of a flow focusing microfluidic device for the detection of circulant tumor cells, in the “Diagnostics tools and methods”, leaded by Dr. Lorena Dieguez. At the end of 2017, thanks to La Caixa European Postgraduate Scholarship, Ana started her master’s in biomedical engineering at the University of Twente. Within this program, she visited Tiao’s lab at Cincinnati Children’s hospital (Ohio, US), where she was involved in different projects in the context of Biliary Atresia (the first indication of liver transplantation in children). After this internship, she came back to the University of Twente to work on her master thesis about the development of an organ-on-a-chip platform for the modelling of hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer) and testing of new therapeutics, under the supervision of Dr. Ruchi Bansal (Translational Liver research group) and Dr. Séverine Le Gac (Applied Microfluidics for BioEngineering applications, AMBER), where she graduates cum laude.
Currently, Ana is part of the topic ´Human disease mimic platforms for disease modelling and drug discovery´, within the Translational Liver Research and AMBER groups. Her work focuses on the characterization of a multicellular tumor spheroid model and its use as a platform to test nano-therapies. Her project is financially supported by TGS grant.