ICVS Researcher Vitória Baptista awarded two grants

Vitória Baptista, a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering at the Centre of Microelectromechanical Systems (CMEMS) and the Life and Health Sciences Research Institute (ICVS) at the University of Minho, has been awarded an “EMBO Scientific Exchange Grant” and a “FEMS Research and Training Grant”.

This will support her research in the malaria parasite biology, with a specific focus on studying protein-protein interactions under the guidance of Ángel Vizoso-Vázquez at the “Regulación de la expresión génica e aplicaciones” research group at Universidade da Coruña, Spain.

Vitória aims to unravel the complexities of the essential heme detoxification pathway in the malaria parasite, shedding light on the structure and conformational dynamics of key proteins.

This research, besides contributing to technical/scientific knowledge transfer, holds the potential to deepen her understanding of the heme detoxification pathway and may provide a repertoire of valuable targets for the development of new malaria therapies.