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© Thierry Blisnick & Philippe Bastin, Institut Pasteur
Bloodstream Trypanosoma brucei cell

About

Mariana De Niz obtained her BSc(Hons) in Immunology from the University of Glasgow, Scotland in 2006. In 2010 she then went on to do an MSc in Control of Infectious Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the lab of Prof. Chris Drakeley, where she studied genetic polymorphisms in humans that are protective of Plasmodium infections, and their relevance to mass drug administration. In late 2011 she was awarded a fellowship by EVIMalaR/EMBO, and joined the lab of Prof. Volker Heussler at the University of Bern, Switzerland, where she completed her PhD in Cell Biology in 2016. Mariana’s PhD consisted on establishing imaging methods to visualize Plasmodium sequestration in rodent models, and investigating the mechanisms of protein export used by Plasmodium to enable sequestration. This involved a long-term collaboration with Dr. Tobias Spielmann and Dr. Thomas Jacobs at the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine in Hamburg.

Mariana then obtained an SNSF and an EMBO fellowship to do her first postdoc in Prof. Matthias Marti’s lab at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, and later at the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Parasitology in Glasgow, studying mechanisms of Plasmodium gametocyte migration in vivo and their entry to the bone marrow. In late 2018 Mariana joined the lab of Dr. Luisa Figueiredo at the Institute of Molecular Parasitology in Lisbon to investigate Trypanosoma brucei interactions with the host vasculature during reservoir establishment in rodent hosts, with a Human Frontier Science fellowship. Finally, Mariana joined the lab of Prof. Philippe Bastin in August 2021 to investigate intraflagellar transport trains in Trypanosoma brucei.

CV

Nationality: Mexican

DOB: 26.02.1988

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

2021-present Postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Prof. Philippe Bastin.

2018-2021 Postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Luisa Figueiredo studying Trypanosoma brucei interactions with the host vascular endothelium, and its role in the establishment of extravascular reservoirs in rodent models.

2016–2018  Postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Prof. Matthias Marti studying Plasmodium gametocyte dynamics in the bone marrow of rodent models.

2013  Novartis International BioCamp – Novartis Headquarters, Basel, Switzerland

2011-2016  PhD in Cell Biology in the lab of Prof. Volker Heussler studying the role of MAHRP1 and SBP1 in Plasmodium berghei sequestration in rodent models.

EDUCATION

2011-2016  PhD in Cell Biology – EVIMalaR/EMBO PhD program, University of Bern, Switzerland

2010-2011  MSc in Control of Infectious Diseases – London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK:

2006-2010  BSc (Honours) in Immunology – University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK

OTHER SCIENTIFIC ENGAGEMENT

2021-present  RSTMH Global Assessor, to evaluate scientific projects for funding and communication.

2020-present Participation in Skype a Scientist initiative with various schools worldwide.

2020-present Active member of ASAPBio Fellows to promote preprints and open science initiatives.

2019-present  Active member of preLights (Company of Biologists) with the aim of highlighting preprints for open science. I have contributed over 100 highlights as a member.

2016-2019 Active member of various initiatives at the University of Glasgow and the Institute of Molecular Medicine in Lisbon, to promote public engagement with science.

SELECTED SCIENTIFIC AWARDS

2021 Winner of EMBL Events Competition

2019 Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia Fellowship

2019 Human Science Frontier Program Postdoctoral Fellowship

2017 Edouard-Adolf Stein Prize, University of Bern

2017 GCB Doctoral Thesis Prize, University of Bern

2017 EMBO Long Term Postdoctoral Fellowship

2016 Swiss National Foundation (SNF) Postdoctoral Fellowship

2015 Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Grant

2013 Royal Entomological Society Award

2011 EVIMalar PhD Fellowship for doctoral studies

 

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