Early Stage Researcher
What is your project/research about? What would you like to find out?
Endothelial cells play an important role in regulating cerebral blood flow as they are capable of decoding signals derived from both internal and external sides of the vessel lumen. In our project, we aim to investigate the role of microglia on endothelial responses and the underlying molecular mechanisms by using in vitro and in vivo models of physiological and impaired endothelial function. The anticipated results of the current project will help us understand the role of microvascular endothelial cells in physiological and pathological conditions as well as unravel new pharmacological targets for cerebrovascular diseases.
Why did you apply for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN and especially this project?
After completing my master research project I was looking for an exciting opportunity to live and work abroad as a researcher. The secondments, the multi-cultural environment, the meetings and the collaborations that Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN offers, made me decide without hesitation that it would be the ideal opportunity for my career. Although my previous experience on neuroscience was limited, I was fascinated by the idea of exploring a new research field like neuroimmunology combined with my previous knowledge on endothelial cells. Furthermore, the high scientific level of my supervisors, the state-of-the-art equipment and the techniques prompted me to apply for the project as I knew that i would benefit greatly and develop my scientific personality.
What is so fascinating for you on research in general?
The excitement and satisfaction that a researcher gains when he or she discovers something new, is hard to be described. In the field of research you never get bored and every working day is unique.
What do you do in your free time? Do you have special interests/hobbies?
I like spending time with friends and family, usually for a coffee. Also, running, reading books, watching movies and video games occupy my free time.
What are your plans for your future? Where/what you will be in 5 years?
After obtaining my Phd, I would like to continue my research activity as a Post-doc either in academia or in pharmaceutical industry.