Fellows

Paula Samsó

My interest for natural and health sciences emerged during my schooldays in Barcelona (Spain), and soon after enrolling University of Barcelona to study the Biomedical Sciences degree, I realized I would like to direct my professional career towards research. In my second year, I joined the Department of Physiological Sciences as an internship student during summer and collaborated with several projects at Prof. R. Bartrons and Prof. F. Ventura research groups. I was awarded a scholarship from the Spanish Cancer Association (Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer) to conduct my Final Degree Project at Prof. Bartrons group, about the role of TGFβ in the regulation of cancer metabolism in a glioblastoma model, focusing on the enzyme PFKFB3.
With the objective to become a PhD student later on, I enrolled the Master degree in Biomedicine at University of Barcelona in 2015, specializing in Basic and Translational Research in Cancer. The Master studies allowed me to further develop my project on cancer metabolism and gain relevant insights and experience to prepare for the next step in my career. My Master’s thesis was supported by a University grant and lead to the presentation of a poster at Spanish Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Congress (September 2016) and an ongoing publication.
In October 2016 I became a predoctoral researcher at the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Cell Biology, directed by Prof. V. Haucke at the Leibniz-Institut für Molekulare Pharmakologie in Berlin.