Lucía Zhu.

PhD Student

Lucía Zhu.

Lucia was born in Valencia (1993). She obtained her bachelor degree in Biotechnology at Universidad Pablo de Olavide (Seville) with outstanding marks in June 2015. She was awarded with the scholarship “Atlanticus-Santander” that allowed her to move to South Carolina where she continued her studies (August-December, 2014) of her bachelor as well as trained in basic molecular techniques. In 2015, she travelled to Hamburg within the Erasmus+ Traineeship Programme to join the Institute for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology where she worked in a project aimed to produce DNA aptamers as a novel therapeutic tool against metastatic disease. In September 2015, she obtained a fellowship from Ramón Areces Foundation to persue her Master studies in Molecular Biomedicine (Universidad Autónoma Madrid). She joined the Brain Metastasis Group to develop a project for her Masters thesis focused on the functional characterization of genes that are commonly de-regulated in several brain metastasis experimental models. In 2016, she was awarded with the competitive La Caixa-Severo Ochoa Fellowship for completing her PhD studies in the same laboratory. She is now working on the development of a novel drug-screening platform for metastasis as well as unravelling important mediators that are key for the maintenance of established metastases, with the final goal of discovering novel therapies against this advanced stage of cancer.