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Ester Boix graduated in Biological Sciences in 1986 at the Universitat de Barcelona and in 1994 obtained her PhD in Biochemistry at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). During a first postdoctoral stage at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, that she enrolled on cytotoxic RNases and following that she enrolled in the Structural Biology Group at the University of Bath. In 2001 she moved to the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Dpt., UAB, first as a lecturer, then as a “Ramón y Cajal” research fellow and since 2004 as an Associate Professor. Her current research project focuses on the antipathogen mechanism of action of human RNases involved in host defense.
Vivian A. Salazar
Vivian Salazar obtained her BSc in Bacteriology from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Colombia) in 2002, and MSc in Biological Sciences at Andes University (Colombia) in 2008. She then moved to Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona where she obtained her MSc in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biomedicine in 2011. Currently she is a PhD student working on the structure–function characterization of human ribonucleases.
Marc Torrent obtained his PhD in Biochemistry at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in 2009. From 2009 to 2011, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and currently he is a Career Development Fellow at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology at Cambridge, UK. His main research interests include the study of the structural activity relationships on antimicrobial proteins and peptides and how evolution has shaped their sequence to develop and improve their antimicrobial activity.
David Pulido graduated in Microbiology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) in 2009. One year later he obtained a MSc in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the same university. Currently he is a PhD student. His work in the Biochemistry department of UAB is centered on the study of human RNases structure, their antimicrobial mechanism of action and role in the host immune system.
M. Victòria Nogués
M. Victòria Nogués (1954, Barcelona, Spain) graduated in Biological Sciences and obtained her PhD in Biological Sciences in 1982 at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain). Presently she is Full Professor at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Faculty of Biosciences of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Her main scientific interests have been focused in the field of the proteins of the ribonuclease A family. Her contributions include kinetics and structural studies directed to analyze catalytic mechanism and the contribution of non-catalytic binding sites in the cleavage of polymeric substrates and the structural bases and mechanisms associated to the biological functions of ribonucleases, especially the cytotoxicity directed to bacteria and eukaryotic cells.
Mohammed Moussaoui received his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 1998 at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Spain. Since 1999, he works at the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department (UAB) as a Researcher and Lecturer. His main research interests are in the catalytic and antipathogen mechanism of ribonucleases.
Published in Print: 2012-08-01