I studied Chemistry at Universidad del Slavador and after completion in 1997 I worked in several companies and research institutes. To expand my knwoledge, I moved to UK where I worked towards my PhD, at the Open University, in a project developing new DNA intercalators as anticancer agents. In 2005 I relocated to USA, this time to specialise in biophysical studies of drug-DNA interactions. During this time at the Brown Cancer Centre I fell in love with G-quadruplex nucleic acids.
Coming back to UK, I moved into another area of Medicinal Chemistry, this time ADMETox, in here I gained expertise in pharmacology, toxicology, bioanalysis and transporters. I also volunteered my time at MMU for teaching and researching. In 2013, I started working as a Lecturer with the University of Salford, with teaching interests in the area of biochemistry, pharmaceutical sciences, chemistry and toxicology.
My research interests, that I apply into my teaching, are:
- natural products with antimicrobial and / or anticancer properties
- small molecules as DNA intercalators
- analytical and toxicological assessment of e-cigarettes
- aptamers as biosensors and therapeutics
- pharmacology, toxicology, LCMSMS
- green chemistry, especially microwave reactions and enzymatic reactions
- biophysical studies of Nucleic Acids and drug-NA interactions.
- imaging (2D and 3D)
- 3D models for toxicology (lung and intestinal)
I am also interested in women in science (STEM), especially young girls as well as students from disadvantage backgrounds; and how to motivate them to study STEM in higher education. I am passionate about toxicological studies of e-cigarettes, health supplements and how they can be used to draw policies and protect consumers.
Invited speaker to discuss the dangers of e-cigarettes due to the paper presented in Science Progress 2017
Invited speaker to discuss the findings presented in Science Progress Jan 2017 about e-cigarettes