Researcher biography

I am a group leader and senior Lions Medical Research Foundation (LMRF) Fellow working at the University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research (UQCCR). Prior to joining UQCCR, I completed my Bachelor Degree in Biochemistry and a Masters degree in Clinical Biochemistry and Immunology at Universidad de Concepcion (Chile) and a PhD in Medical Science at Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. I have been author of more than 50 journal publications during the period 2011-2016, many of which appear in high-ranking journals in the field (e.g. Diabetes, JCEM, Placenta and FASEB). I am recognized as a national and international researcher working in the field of extracellular vesicles focusing on the reproductive biology (specifically in pregnancy and its complications) and I have been consistently invited as a speaker to both National and International meetings (e.g. Australasia Extracellular Vesicles Society 2014 and International Society for Prenatal Diagnosis 2014). Within UQCCR, I have established and lead the EXOSOME BIOLOGY LABOARTORY that conforms the ISO standards (ISO17025 and 13485), in which human exosomes can be isolated, characterised and their role elucidated to evaluate their clinical utility as biomarkers of disease and therapeutic interventions.