• 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).

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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 on 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 photosensitiser in single colorectal cancer cells, with both Raman and fluorescence and for the single-cell dynamics of the photosensitiser 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.

  • 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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STEM for Britain presentation to members of the Parliament. Julia Gala de Pablo (left) and Dr. Stephen Benn (right), RSB's director of parliamentary affairs (2018).

  • Organization skills

    As scientists, we must transmit our passion for science! I have experience organizing scientific meetings as the Committee Chair of the Serendipity Lab Twitter Workshop (Jun/2020) and co-chair of the 2020 Serendipity Symposium (Dec/2020).

  • Science Engagement

    I have participated in many engagement events, including events organized by the IoP, the RSC, Pint of Science, STEM for Britain, and SPIE. I also worked with year 12 students at the Physics and Astronomy Work Experience Week (2018). I recently gave a talk at a Japanese High-school in Chiba (Sep/2021) as part of the JSPS Science Dialogue initiative.