Raquel’s first contact with science was as undergraduate student working with Drosophila melanogaster genetics on the Department of Genetics of the Valencia University (Spain), where she obtained her BS in Biology in 2010. Then, in 2011, she moved to Barcelona to obtain a MS in Developmental Biology and Genetics in the University of Barcelona (Spain). Her MS project involved the development of a versatile cloning toolkit for constructing customizable fusion proteins based on Gateway cloning system. Later one, She obtained a fellowship from the Spanish Ministry of Science and joined Miguel A. Peinado laboratory at PMPPC-IGTP (Barcelona, Spain). There she studied the DNA methylation dysregulation during thyroid cancer, developing a useful algorithm to stratify thyroid cancer patients and a tool to assess global hypomethylation in routine clinical samples. She obtained her PhD in February 2017. Her current work is focused on non-canonical roles of p16 in nucleotide metabolism and the immune microenvironment. She is currently funded by a Penn State Cancer Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship.
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