Physiology, Development and Neuroscience Department
Development, Gene expression, Transcription, Drosophila, Live imaging
I am a biologist trained at the University of Malaga (Spain), where I became fascinated by developmental biology or, in other words, how a whole organism is built from a single cell.
Therefore, I joined the Andalusian Center of Developmental Biology in Seville for my PhD where I used genetics and imaging tools to investigate mechanisms involved in the formation and maintenance of epithelial tissues.
Currently, I am postdoc in Sarah Bray’s lab in the Physiology, Development and Neuroscience Department, where I am focused on understanding how cells read signals to generate accurate gene expression responses during development. For that, I use the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster as model organism. In order to investigate how transcription is controlled, I use genetics tools and live imaging methods in the Drosophila ovary. These, allow me to film real time accumulation of RNAs molecules that have just been transcribed, labelling them with fluorescence. To be able to analyse all these data and better understand transcription dynamics, I am also collaborating with mathematicians to develop pipelines for quantification. Also, together we will work in generating a mathematical model capable to explain the response mechanisms.