Andrea Rojas

Master student 2023

Andrea was born in Madrid (2000). She obtained her degree in Biomedicine at the Universidad Francisco de Vitoria (2018-2022). During that time, she was awarded a scholarship for her brilliant academic record by the same university. She also did an internship at the Stem Cells and Cellular Therapy Group there, where she developed a protocol for exosome extraction from mesenchymal stem cells. However, she recognized from the beginning that her main interest was neuroscience; hence she did her Final Degree Project with Marta Navarrete, Ph.D. at Instituto Cajal CSIC. As a result, Andrea became passionate about astrocytes and their implication in not only their physiological functions but in different diseases too. This motivated her to start her Master’s Degree in Neuroscience at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (2022-Present), starting her Master’s Thesis in the Brain Metastasis Group (CNIO), studying the role of these glial cells in this process. Her next steps would be completing her training by doing a Ph.D. related to astroglia, hoping to contribute to the field.