Julia Gala de Pablo, PhD

About me

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Genomics and Neuroscience (2022-2024)

    In January 2022 I joined Lukacs Lab to join my expertise in developing novel techniques for single-cell phenotyping with his expertise in gene discovery, genetics and sensory neuroscience (see staff profile here).

  • Since, I have learned so much about genetic modification and analysis, fluorescence flow cytometry, and genetic sequencing and analysis! With the help of the team, especially of my MSc student Alreem Johar, we are making great progress towards the discovery of novel genes in sensory Neuroscience.

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The members of the growing team at Lukacs lab at the University of Leeds. From left to right, Alreem Johar, Eshita Sengupta, Viktor Lukacs, Nitika Gupta, Ben Haworth, Julia Gala de Pablo, and Greta Telesova.

  • JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship (2019-2021)

    I secured a standard JSPS fellowship and a grant-in-a-aid to move to the University of Tokyo, working in Goda Lab as part of Kotaro Hiramatsu's team. Here, I explored non-linear spectroscopy, working on a lab-made Fourier Transform Coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (FT-CARS) system for high-throughput vibrational flow cytometry and sorting (Accounts of Chemical Research, journal cover).

  • I used microalgae cells as a model system, working mainly with Euglena, Haematococcus, and Muriella cells for paramylon, astaxanthin, and starch detection respectively. I co-authored a recently submitted study on high throughput Raman activated cell sorting in the fingerprint region (BioRxiv). During this time, I got invited as a speaker to SciX2021 and secured a SAS travel grant.

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Some of the members of Hiramatsu-team posing under the gingko leaves at the University of Tokyo (2020). Back row (left to right): Shigekazu Takizawa, Ryo Kinegawa, Phil McCann, Ryo Nishiyama, Risako Kameyama, Jorgen Walker Peterson, Yuichi Yajima, Tatsuya Tajima. Front row: Julia Gala de Pablo, Kotaro Hiramatsu (team leader), Matt Lindley and Ryuji Nakao.

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At the University of Leeds, I worked with an integrated confocal fluorescence and Raman microscope.

  • Doctorate degree

    I joined MNP (University of Leeds) in 2015 as a PhD student, graduating in 2019. During my PhD, I used Raman spectroscopy for biochemical phenotyping of live single-cells of different stages of colorectal cancer (Journal of Raman spectroscopy, 2018).

  • I also studied the accumulation and photoactivation of a photosensitizer in single colorectal cancer cells, with both Raman and fluorescence, and for the single-cell dynamics of the photosensitizer activation using Raman spectroscopy (the Analyst 2019 and 2020).

  • I secured 4 travel grants and a conference bursary, and I was awarded 2 poster prizes (1st and 2nd). I was also invited as a speaker to SPEC2018. I was selected for STEM for Britain to present my research at the British Parliament. For the latter, I granted a BBC Radio Leeds interview.

  • Undergraduate studies

    In 2008 I joined a BSc degree in Physics at the University Complutense of Madrid. A year later, I joined a BSc in Biochemistry, and I studied both simultaneously. In 2012, I obtained the Erasmus Mundus scholarship and moved to Leeds for a year, where I joined the Molecular and Nanoscale Physics research group (University of Leeds) for a summer research scholarship. Years later, after finishing my BsCs (2015) I returned to the University of Leeds for a PhD.

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I studied a Physics BSc and a Biochemistry BSc at the University Complutense of Madrid (Spain 2009-2015).