Project 10: Immune modulatory capacity of EV-subsets in blood of healthy and diseased subjects
Host Institution: Utrecht University, Netherlands
I am Alberta, an Italian (talkative) girl, chocolate, music and art lover, and a PhD student, TRAIN-EV Early Stage Researcher #10. After I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology (supported and motivated by Prof Roberto Chignola, at the Università degli Studi di Verona, Italy), I continued my studies in cancer research. I mainly focused on oncological EV-related research, first at the VUmc Cancer Center Amsterdam, the Netherlands, under the supervision of Prof Tom Wurdinger where I started to learn about EVs and investigated the molecular mechanisms underlying their cellular uptake in glioblastomas (Berenguer et al. 2018). Next, I moved to Boston, USA, to Prof Tannous’s lab (MGH/ Harvard Medical School) to expand my knowledge in EV-mediated communication with emphasis on elucidating tumour-derived EV capability in educating blood circulating platelets.
Why are you doing a PhD?
I started the TRAIN-EV adventure in order to continue my journey in the world of EVs with the aim of unraveling their role in physiological and pathological processes, specifically in the modulation of immune responses.
In addition to science-related positions, I held a few jobs in various fields, from teaching in a secondary school to selling jewellery. I consider them all as a great experience which made me a very open-minded person, respectful of other people’s opinions and capable of listening. Lastly, I would like to share with you my daily motto from Albert Einstein “the important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing”.