Vania Macias Calvio
Parkinson's disease is one of the most prevalent neurodegenerative diseases worldwide. It is expected that the number of patients affected will increase in the following years with the aging of the population. My research focuses on studying a protein called Reelin, essential for the nervous system's development and neuronal survival. I am interested in evaluating if Reelin could have a neuroprotective role in Parkinson's disease and how the ESCRT complex is involved in the process.
I did a bachelor's degree in Biochemistry at the Pontificia Universidad Católica of Chile. Since 2018, I have been doing a Ph.D. In Biological Sciences with a mention in Cellular and Molecular Biology at the same University under Dr. María Paz Marzolo's supervision. In September of 2021, I started a one-year fellowship in Aurélien Roux's Lab, supported by the Swiss Government Excellence scholarship. This fellowship aims to understand better the ESCRT complex's involvement in Parkinson's disease, especially in the degradation of alpha-synuclein.