Emma Arean-Ulloa

I am a PhD candidate at Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC). My research focuses on the study of DNA mismatch repair in E. coli. This project is part of the Doctoral Training Network RepState consortium and involves various biochemical and biophysical techniques as well as protein structure determination by cryo-electron microscopy.



I graduated from the University of Salamanca in 2022 with a Bachelor's degree in Biotechnology. During this academic step, I completed two different short internships where I was able to explore different areas of scientific research, from chemical synthesis in industry to basic research. My curiosity about how structural studies are carried out then led me to the National Centre for Cancer Research (CNIO) in Madrid, where I worked in the Department of Structural Biology under the supervision of Dr. Rafael Fernández-Leiro. There I immersed myself in the intricate world of the mitochondrial replisome machinery. Building on this foundation, I pursued a Master's degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Complutense University of Madrid, graduating in July 2023. Now, since September 2023, I have embarked on a PhD journey under the supervision of Dr. Meindert Lamers, studying DNA mismatch repair proteins using state-of-the-art structural techniques.


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