Meet our Early Career Scientist Grant Winner Luz E. Cabrera
Luz Eneida Cabrera Lara is a doctoral student, working in Tomas Strandin’s lab in the virology department at the University of Helsinki, Finland. She will use the grant to purchase reagents for ongoing inflammasome studies, involving Covid-19.
I am very grateful for your support, which will be used for my PhD research project. It means a lot to me, since it is the first time I’ve received a grant. It represents acknowledgment of my work, more than the monetary support. This year has been tight regarding funding, so any help we can get to move the project forward by purchasing some reagents is appreciated. Luz Eneida Cabrera Lara, University of Helsinki, Finland, Hello Bio Early Career Scientist Grant winner
Congratulations Luz! First, can you tell us a bit more about what you're working on at the moment?
I am working on describing inflammasome formation in COVID-19, after RNAseq results showed some upregulated genes in pathways of interest.
What is it about your field of research that gets you most excited?
Coming from a medical background, biomedical research is interesting because it gives me the opportunity to dig deeper into the mechanisms of disease pathogenesis, and the possibility to describe something in the field that has not been done yet.
Which scientists working today do you most admire, and why?
Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier, for being women in science who have made their way with such a magnificent discovery such as Crispr/cas9 for genome editing.
What do you think are the biggest challenges currently facing life scientists and their work?
The lack of importance given to the field of science, as shown by the constant need to apply for funding as a researcher without any assurance of a job position for the next year, in some countries.
What’s your favourite science quote?
“The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge”. - Thomas Berger
Thank you so much Luz! We wish you all the best with your future research.
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