Laia Miret Casals, PhD

About This Project

Current research

Currently, I occupy a research position at the Biochem Lab working in a collaborative project with a major biotech company (Almirall). The project is based on the design and synthesis of libraries of small-sized cyclic peptides of potential therapeutic interest for the treatment of respiratory infectious diseases. We are near the end of a hit to lead program. at University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.

I am a biological chemist working at the interface between Chemistry and Biology. My interdisciplinary formation has provided me highly complementary expertise in synthetic chemistry and molecular biology. This background was extremely useful to work both in the development of a library based on hydroxylamine structures as potential antibiotics against several pathogenic species, and to develop a drug-discovery project focused on the identification of Mfn2 activators that could be used as a valuable potential therapeutic strategy for the treatment of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, involving in in vitro and in vivo validation studies of the lead compound

Teaching experience

I have a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, specialty Physics and Chemistry – University of Barcelona.

Teaching experience

  • 2013-2009 Teaching in the project called “Do Research”, which is a series of experimental workshops offered to the educational community and the general public offered by the Barcelona Science Park and the University of Barcelona.
  • 2013-2009 Tutoring program. Teaching in the project entitled “Tutoring for Secondary School Students”, which is addressed to 16-year-olds that are about to begin their research project.
  • 2012 Supervision of the students undertaken the program “Spend the summer at the Park” organized by Barcelona Science Park.
Fields of expertise

molecular medicine, biochemistry, cell biology, organic synthetic chemistry, and solid phase peptide synthesis (SPPS).

Biochemistry, Cell Biology
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