Meet our Early Career Scientist Grant Winner Cecilia Tubert
Cecilia Tubert is a postdoc working in Gustavo Murer’s lab in the physiology and biophysics department at the IFIBIO Houssay - UBA CONICET, Argentina. The grant will be used to fund the reagents for Cecilia’s research into the molecular mechanisms that underlie the alterations in the excitability of striatal cholinergic interneurons (ChIs) in Parkinson's disease.
I am very grateful to get this Hello Bio award. It will make a really big difference, and is a great opportunity for my lab to be able to get the resources needed to continue with my project. Thank you very much! Cecilia Tubert, IFIBIO Houssay - UBA CONICET, Argentina, Hello Bio Early Career Scientist Grant winner
Congratulations Cecilia! First, can you tell us a bit more about what you're working on at the moment?
My project focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms that drive the abnormal activity and excitability of striatal cholinergic interneurons in Parkinson’s disease and levodopa-induced dyskinesia. Our goal is to identify potential new targets to reduce either the parkinsonian symptomatology or the dyskinesia with the least adverse effects as possible.
What is it about your field of research that gets you most excited?
What most excites me about my work is to hypothesize possible mechanisms and then do the experiments to test it, and having this great moment of seeing the effect that you were expecting and realizing you are on the right pathway.
Which scientists working today do you most admire, and why?
I admire scientists from disadvantaged countries and with fewer opportunities that have become great scientists and are recognized internationally in their field despite all the obstacles they have had to overcome. I admire them even more if these scientists are women! They inspire me to continue pursuing a career in science and do my best despite the circumstances.
What do you think are the biggest challenges currently facing life scientists and their work?
I think that one of the biggest challenges currently in science is that society needs to start trusting more in scientists and their investigations, and that funding of science becomes a high priority matter worldwide.
Thank you so much Cecilia! We wish you all the best with your future research.
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