Kinza Khan, a first year student undertaking a PhD programme under the supervision of Dr Angel Armesilla and Professor James Cotton, was invited to Madrid in a collaborative project with the laboratory led by Professor Juan Miguel Redondo at CNIC. Miss Khan undertook a six week visit to learn how to use attenuated lentiviruses as vectors to express foreign proteins in mammalian cells.
The centre was opened in 1999 by the Spanish Ministry of Health and is located at the Instituto de Salud Carlos III campus in Madrid. Since then the centre is recognised by the Severo Ochoa Center of Excellence, an award given to the top eight research centres in Spain.
The stay was funded by a University of Wolverhampton/NHS New Cross Hospital PhD joint studentship. The Cardiovascular Molecular Pharmacology Laboratory of FSE, University of Wolverhampton, has been exploring the effect of the protein Plasma Membrane Calcium ATPase 4 (PMCA4), a calcium ion transporter, in the vascular remodelling of aneurysms. Kinza will now apply the techniques learned in Madrid in this project to determine the potential of targeting PMCA4 as a therapeutic treatment for aneurysms.
Kinza said: “I am so grateful to have been presented with the opportunity to visit such an advanced research institute dedicated purely to cardiovascular research. Overseeing the sheer amount of work and expertise practiced in the CNIC has been invaluable for my project and my future career as a researcher. I would like to thank my supervisor, Dr Angel Armesilla (RIHS, School of Pharmacy, FSE) and Professor James Cotton (NHS New Cross Hospital) as it could not have been possible without their support.’’
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