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Ana Spencer

Visiting Scientist

Hi! I'm a PhD student at the University of Porto in Portugal, and my research project is focused on developing targeted delivery vectors for spinal cord injury treatment.
Before starting my PhD, I obtained a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and a master’s degree in Molecular Genetics and Biomedicine from the NOVA School of Science and Technology in Lisbon, Portugal.

Joining Maoz's group was a great decision for me because it provided me with the opportunity to test our nanoparticles in a new, relevant alternative model. Additionally, I am thrilled about the diversity of research and the multidisciplinary approach within Maoz's group. It is inspiring to be surrounded by individuals from various backgrounds and fields of expertise, and I am eager to learn with them.

My research has been focused on the development of neurotargeted siRNA delivery vectors as a potential therapeutic option for spinal cord injury. I am excited to continue this work in Maoz's lab, where we will have the opportunity to test the neuroregenerative potential of these delivery vectors using a cutting-edge "smart" NMJ-PNS-CNS on-chip.

After my time in Maoz's lab, I plan to finish my PhD in Biomedical Engineering and then pursue a post-doctoral research position in the fascinating field of organ-on-chip and biomaterials and improve my skills and knowledge.

Besides science, I enjoy traveling, doing yoga, going to music festivals, reading, taking walks in the park with my furry companions - my dog and two bunnies, and spending time with my loved ones. I also love sports (both watching and playing), football, futsal, volleyball and basketball are among my favorites!

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